April 24, 2024

The Biden administration is suing Greg Abbott over floating border buoys in the Rio Grande

Department of Justice A civil lawsuit was filed against the state of Texas on Monday over Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to install a 1,000-foot floating border barrier in the Rio Grande River near the city of Eagle Pass.

“We allege that Texas has violated federal law by installing a barrier in the Rio Grande without obtaining the necessary federal authorization,” Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said in a statement.

“This floating obstruction threatens navigation and public safety and presents humanitarian concerns,” the official said. “Furthermore, the presence of the floating barrier has prompted diplomatic protests by Mexico and risks damaging US foreign policy.”

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The DoJ accused Texas of violating the Rivers and Harbors Act.

The Texas project is also facing a lawsuit in state court over the buoy barrier.

Last week, the federal government warned Texas that it was considering taking legal action.

On Monday, the governor of Texas wrote a letter to the White House saying he intends to fight the DoJ’s law.

“Texas will see you in court, Mr. President,” wrote the Republican governor, adding, “All this is happening because you violated your constitutional obligation to protect the State from invasion by faithfully enforcing federal laws.”

White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan said The Independent that the governor’s plan is not effectively combating unauthorized immigration.

“Governor Abbott’s dangerous and illegal actions are undermining that effective plan, making it difficult for the men and women of the Border Patrol to do their jobs to secure the border, and putting migrants and border agents at risk,” he said in a statement. “If Governor Abbott really wanted to drive toward real solutions, he would be asking his Republican colleagues in Congress why they voted against President Biden’s request to increase funding for the Department of Homeland Security and why they are blocking the comprehensive immigration reform and border security measures that would finally transform our broken immigration system.”

In mid-July, Texas was nearing completion of a $1m wall, 1,000 feet of buoys and netting across the Rio Grande, claiming it would deter illegal immigration outside ports of entry.

The effort was highly controversial. In addition to warnings from the federal government, Mexico said it is investigating whether the wall violates international treaties around the border.

The governor has also been sued by a local man named Jessie Fuentes, who insists the state deprive him of his livelihood as a kayak guide and acting outside his authority over an international border.

“You’ve built a beautiful waterway and you’ve turned it into a war zone,” Mr. Fuentes said recently The Independent.

Migrant advocates and even some Texas troopers working on the governor’s Operation Lone Star mission at the border warn that the barriers are increasing unnecessary danger to human life.

“It has been proven time after time that these so-called prevention strategies do not work,” said Fernando García of the Border Network for Human Rights The Independent. “They have not stopped the flow of immigration, but what they have done is put immigrants at risk.”

In a series of emails shared with news outlets including The Independentborder medics described interrogation orders from superiors to push exhausted migrants back into the river and not give them water if caught.

“We were given orders to push the people back into the water to go to Mexico. We decided this was not the right thing to do. And drowning the true potential of the exhausted,” the trooper wrote.

The state denied the orders that occurred.

The DPS source demand too In one week in late June, a teenage mother got caught in razor wire at the border and miscarried, a 15-year-old man broke his leg trying to find a way around the deterrent buoys, and a man lost his leg trying to save his child from razor wire placed on buoys.

This is a brand new story and will be updated with new information.

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