'This is not over,' Gov. Greg Abbott vows to continue border defense

'This is not over,' Abbott said, in response to the ruling. '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 Admin from destroying our property.'

'This is not over,' Gov. Greg Abbott vows to continue border defense
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has pledged to persist in defending his state's authority to protect its southern border. This comes after the Supreme Court agreed with the Biden administration on Monday, deciding that federal agents have the right to remove the razor wire Texas had set up to deter illegal immigration.

Texas placed approximately 30 miles of razor wire along its southern border, which U.S. Border Patrol agents frequently breached to permit the entry of illegal immigrants. Subsequently, Texas sued the Biden administration, claiming the federal government had trespassed and damaged state property, as reported by NBC News.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, approved an urgent appeal from the Biden administration, permitting agents to cut through the razor wire. The federal government had argued that the barrier was obstructing their access to illegal immigrants who had successfully crossed the border.

“This is not over,” Abbott said, in response to the ruling. “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 Admin from destroying our property.”

Abbott also shared a comment from Chris Olivarez, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), who stated that state forces will persist in employing “reinforced concertina wire & anti-climb barriers” as measures to curb the influx of illegal immigrants.

“The State of Texas, under Gov. @GregAbbott_TX’s Operation Lone Star, will maintain its current posture in deterring illegal border crossings by utilizing effective border security measures – reinforced concertina wire & anti-climb barriers along the Rio Grande,” Olivarez wrote.

“The logical concern should be why the Federal Government continues to hinder Texas’ ability to protect its border, all while allowing for the exploitation, dangerous, & inhumane methods of permitting illegal immigrants, including children, to illegally cross a dangerous river where many have lost their lives," he continued, adding that, "Texas is the only state using every strategy & resource to protect its sovereignty, combat criminal activity, & discourage illegal immigration. Texas will continue to hold the line.”

In the 5-4 decision, Justices John Roberts and Amy Coney Barrett, appointed by Republicans, sided with the court's three liberal justices. This ruling from the Supreme Court is interim, merely permitting Border Patrol agents to cut the concertina wire as the legal case proceeds, per the Daily Wire.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is still deliberating on the complete case, with oral arguments scheduled for February 7. Since President Joe Biden assumed office three years ago, Customs and Border Protection has encountered approximately eight million illegal immigrants, and the federal government has allowed over 2.3 million illegal immigrants to enter the country.

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