Judge won’t stop Biden administration from cutting down Texas razor wire


A U.S. district judge denied a request by the State of Texas to issue a preliminary injunction against federal agents destroying concertina wire and other barriers placed by state officials along the southern border.

Attorney General Ken Paxton decried the decision in a news release published by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) announcing that the state will appeal the decision to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“I am disappointed that the federal government’s blatant and disturbing efforts to subvert law and order at our State’s border with Mexico will be allowed to continue,” Paxton said. “Biden’s doctrine of open borders at any cost threatens the safety of our citizens, and we will continue to fight it every step of the way.”

The OAG noted that federal Judge Alia Moses agreed with part of the substance of Texas’ argument that the Biden administration has failed to effectively deter illegal immigration.

“The evidence presented amply demonstrates the utter failure of the Defendants to deter, prevent, and halt unlawful entry into the United States. The Defendants cannot claim the statutory duties they are so obviously derelict in enforcing as excuses to puncture the Plaintiff’s attempts to shore up the Defendants’ failing system,” Moses wrote in her decision.

“Nor may they seek judicial blessing of practices that both directly contravene those same statutory obligations and require the destruction of the Plaintiff’s property. Any justifications resting on the Defendants’ illusory and life-threatening ‘inspection’ and ‘apprehension’ practices, or lack thereof, fail.”

Moses previously granted a temporary restraining order against the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) barring agents from tearing down the state’s wire along the border. The OAG sued DHS in October.

However, the judge decided that the OAG did not meet the high bar required to secure a preliminary injunction in the case. The denial is not the end of the road, but it is a temporary victory for Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.

Opponents of Texas’ efforts say that the state is infringing on the federal government’s purview by trying to enforce immigration law.

The barriers placed by the Abbott administration — including concertina wire, razor wire, and buoys on the Rio Grande — have been the subject of criticism by those who say they risk the safety of people seeking to cross the border without crossing through a port of entry.

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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