Texas continues building razor wire barriers at the border

The Lone Star State, known to tout the phrase “come and take it,”, appears to be harnessing that same spirit as it defies a Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) order that allows federal agents to cut down razor wire laid by the state to secure the southern border.

“The Texas National Guard continues to hold the line in Eagle Pass,” Gov. Greg Abbott posted on social media the day following the SCOTUS order.

The picture Abbott shared shows two members of the Texas National Guard standing in front of lines of razor, while another picture shows a birds-nest of razor wire just off the shore of the Rio Grande.

“Texas will not back down from our efforts to secure the border in Biden’s absence,” Abbott said.

Additional videos shared online show over a dozen Texas National Guardsmen continuing to construct chain-link walls inlaced with razor wire.

In a 5 to 4 order on Monday, SCOTUS sided with the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) motion to vacate an appeals court’s preliminary injunction against federal agents removing the wire. The high court’s split ruling in favor of the Biden administration clears the way for federal agents to step in and remove state barriers along the border.

Reactions were immediate with many Texas politicians expressing their disagreements on social media.

Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham called it a “federally-sanctioned invasion,” while Abbott said he “will continue to defend Texas' constitutional authority to secure the border and prevent the Biden Admin from destroying our property.”

While some elected officials condemned the SCOTUS ruling, others suggested that Texas should outright defy it.

State Rep. Tom Oliverson (R-Cypress) said that “sometimes disobedience is the best way to show leadership,” and Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park) shared a quote attributed to President Andrew Jackson: “The Supreme Court has made their decision, now let’s see them enforce it.”

The Republican Party of Texas also encouraged Abbott to “stand firm” in upholding the border protection measures and called out the federal government to “come and cut it!”

Attorney General Ken Paxton also took to social media, characterizing the SCOTUS order as allowing “Biden to continue his illegal effort to aid the foreign invasion of America.” Paxton went on to say “This fight is not over” and that he is looking “forward to defending our state’s sovereignty.”

The contest at the border has only heated up in recent weeks, with Abbott seizing City of Eagle Pass property along the Rio Grande in an effort to combat the growing concerns over people illegally crossing the river into the U.S. With the property under state control, Texas law enforcement intends to begin charging anyone who crosses the border illegally to enter the restricted area with criminal trespass, an existing statute under state law.

Abbott has made a variety of attempts to quell the influx of illegal immigration, recently announcing that his busing program has transported over 100,000 individuals out of Texas to sanctuary cities across the country.

Encounters at the border do not appear to be slowing down as December saw an all-time record of enforcement encounters by Customs and Border Protection, which was reported to be around 302,000.

Abbott has not been shy about sharing his feelings on how the federal government is handling the border. He called Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “pathetic” after Mayorkas listed “climate change” as one of the causes for the growing number of illegal immigrants entering the U.S.

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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