Some Republicans call for Gov. Abbott to ignore the Supreme Court's border order

 January 27, 2024

Newsweek reports that some Republicans are calling upon Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court's recent border-related ruling. 

In case you missed it, the Supreme Court rendered the ruling last Monday.

The ruling

The issue before the justices of the Supreme Court was the razor wire fencing that Texas has installed at the U.S.-Mexico border.

This, actually, is one of several legal disputes regarding the U.S.-Mexico border that is currently taking place between Texas and the administration of President Joe Biden. Texas, in general, has been arguing that it has to take matters into its own hands because the Biden administration refuses to secure the border. The razor wire fencing is one example of Texas taking matters into its own hands.

Regarding the razor wire, the justices of the Supreme Court have sided with the Biden administration.

ABC News reports:

A narrowly divided Supreme Court on Monday sided with the Biden administration in a tense, ongoing dispute over the Texas-Mexico border and razor wire fencing installed by the state that had prohibited federal border agents from performing their duties. The court, by a vote of 5-4, cleared the way for federal agents to remove the wire, which administration officials and immigration advocates had called dangerous and inhumane.

The outlet goes on to report that "the Supreme Court's order did not elaborate on the decision."

What now?

Newsweek highlights an important fact about the Supreme Court's ruling, writing, "Notably, the ruling does not bar Texas from constructing more razor wire and only says that the federal government must be able to take it down when deemed necessary."

Since the ruling, reports indicate that Texas has continued to erect razor-wire fencing. It has also been reported that the state has not engaged in efforts to prevent the federal government from removing some of the fencing. It is unclear whether the federal government has removed any of the fencing.

Fox News reports, "Border Patrol has 'no plans' to remove razor wire placed by Texas along the southern border, a senior Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official told Fox News on Friday, stressing a 'strong' relationship with Texas despite an ongoing legal battle between the state and the administration."

The fight is "not over"

Abbott has released a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in which he insisted that the legal battle over the souther border "is not over."

"This is not over. Texas' razor wire is an effective deterrent to the illegal crossings Biden encourages," Abbott wrote.

He added, "I will continue to defend Texas' constitutional authority to secure the border and prevent the Biden Admin from destroying our property."

This all comes as illegal immigration continues to occur at record numbers under the Biden administration. December 2023 set a monthly record with 371,000 illegal immigrant encounters at the southern border.

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