In a significant victory for Texas and the fight against illegal immigration, a federal judge in the Western District of Texas has issued a Temporary Restraining Order against the Biden administration. The TRO, granted by U.S. District Judge Alia Moses, prohibits any interference with the border barriers erected by the State of Texas along the US-Mexico border.
Federal Judge Orders Biden Admin to Stop Cutting Texas Border Barriers https://t.co/7rdgNBJFRs
— Bob Price 🇺🇲 🇮🇱 (@BobPriceBBTX) October 31, 2023
The issue at hand arises from multiple reports of Border Patrol agents cutting the concertina wire barriers that were put in place by order of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Texas Public Policy Foundation took swift action by filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Border Patrol, and various Biden administration appointees. Their goal? To put an end to federal government interference in Texas’ efforts to combat illegal border crossings.
Moses’ order directs the federal government to refrain from “disassembling, degrading, tampering with, or transforming” the border barriers established under Abbott’s Operation Lone Star.
She made it clear that there is a “public interest” in maintaining effective measures to prevent illegal entry at the Mexican border. She also rightly points out that the federal government’s actions in cutting or removing the concertina wire border barriers only “facilitate rather than prevent unlawful conduct.”
However, a small exception was carved out, allowing the federal government to “take immediate action to obtain medical attention” for migrants in distress or those who have suffered injuries.
This TRO is set to expire on Nov. 13 unless extended by the Court at a later time. A preliminary injunction hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7, where further legal action will be taken.
This development comes in the wake of reports revealing that Border Patrol agents had cut through razor wire near Eagle Pass, Texas, allowing migrants to enter the United States. A source within U.S. Customs and Border Protection disclosed that an internal memo put in place during the 2021 Haitian migrant crisis required agents to permit migrants who crossed the Rio Grande to enter the U.S.