On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Biden administration against Texas efforts to secure a lengthy section of its southern border. This means federal Border Patrol agents can cut concertina wire, installed by the state of Texas to stop illegal immigrants, while litigation continues.
But that won't change his efforts to protect the border in the short term, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vowed.
"This is not over," Abbott wrote on X after the Court's decision. "Texas' razor wire is an effective deterrent to the illegal crossings Biden encourages. I will continue to defend Texas' constitutional authority to secure the border and prevent the Biden administration from destroying our property."
Lt. Chris Oliver, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, says his officers will comply with the governor and will maintain its current posture in deterring illegal border crossings. That means the continued use of "reinforced concertina wire and anti-climb barriers along the Rio Grande … Texas will continue to hold the line," Oliver said.
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In a second statement, posted Jan. 24, the Texas governor said the federal government has "broken the compact" between itself and the U.S. state over an "invasion" at the southern border, giving him a constitutional right to protect Texas' borders.
For example, U.S Border Patrol agents have encountered a record 169 illegal crossings by persons identified on the FBI's terror watchlist. The number does not include "gotaways" –– illegal immigrants not detained by law enforcement officials.
Texas GOP chair Matt Rinaldi also stands with Abbott. "We have the right to defend ourselves and we need to assert that right very decisively and very clearly." he said. "That's the next thing we need to do."
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