DOJ Targets Texas Over Floating Buoy Barrier

( – After several years of record amounts of illegal migrants crossing into the United States at the southern border, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has had enough. While he launched Operation Lone Star back in 2021, apprehending thousands of migrants and seizing drugs, Abbott has recently implemented new ways of deterring illegal entry into the country across the Texas border.

In the days leading up to the end of the pandemic-era Title 42 rule, Abbott ordered the installation of razor wire along certain areas of the Texas border. Most recently, Governor Abbott deployed a floating barrier of buoys to prevent migrant crossings, which prompted the Biden administration to file a lawsuit that would require the barrier to be removed.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) claims that Governor Abbott did not get permission from the federal government to place the almost 1,000-foot barrier in the Rio Grande and that the jurisdiction belongs to the International Boundary and Water Commission. Democrats in Congress urged President Biden to take action “to stop Governor Abbott’s dangerous and cruel actions” on July 21, and the DOJ promptly filed the lawsuit on July 24. The lawsuit purports that the floating buoys prevent navigation for authorities who are trying to apprehend illegal migrants. The DOJ also voiced concerns about damaging the United States’ relationship with Mexico.

Governor Abbott responded to the news of the lawsuit by defending Texas’ right to protect its own borders, blasting the Biden administration for failing to follow federal immigration laws. He responded to claims that his actions were inhumane by pointing the finger at the Biden administration for failing to act to prevent illegal migrants from risking their lives by crossing the dangerous river. He encouraged President Biden to do whatever is necessary to stop migrants from crossing into the country anywhere other than through the ports of entry, which he says will reduce human trafficking, the flow of fentanyl into the country, and violence from cartels.

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