US Supreme Court Border Patrol remove Texas razor-wire - MilectoUS Supreme Court Border Patrol remove Texas razor-wire - Milecto

In an effort to deter illegal border crossings, Texas officials had erected razor-wire fence along a portion of the state’s border with Mexico. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court approved the temporary removal or trimming of this barrier by U.S. Border Patrol officers. In a 5-4 ruling, the justices granted the administration of President Joe Biden’s request to stay an order from a lower court that had temporarily barred federal authorities from tampering with the barrier while the case is still pending.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who both lean conservative, agreed with the three liberal judges who made up the majority. On the other hand, conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh did not agree with the ruling.

The disputed temporary ruling was made by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. On February 7, they will decide if Border Patrol officers broke Texas law when they cut the razor-wire fence.

As a result of the disputed temporary ruling, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will be debating on February 7 whether Border Patrol officers broke Texas law when they cut down the razor-wire fence.

The Texas National Guard put up the fence that is to blame for the fight on private land along the Rio Grande River. This happened as part of Operation Lone Star, a plan started by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in 2021 to stop people from crossing the border illegally.

Texas filed a complaint against the government in October 2023, stating that U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel were increasingly cutting, damaging, or causing damage to fence strategically placed on private property. This fence was installed with the permission of the landowners.

While criticising the Biden administration for its “complete failure” to stop illegal entry into the U.S., U.S. District Judge Alia Moses said in November that Texas’ legal claims couldn’t beat the federal government’s sovereign immunity. With sovereign immunity, the federal government can’t be sued in legal cases or charged with crimes. After Texas’s appeal, on December 19, the 5th Circuit agreed to the state’s request to temporarily stop federal agents from messing with the razor-wire fence. The only time they could do so was in medical situations while the case was still going on.

According to the 5th Circuit’s decision, Judge Alia Moses misunderstood a law that provides the U.S. government with immunity from certain legal claims brought by states. The court suggested that Texas had a strong chance of success in its lawsuit.

In a court filing on January 2, the Biden administration asked the justices to reverse the 5th Circuit’s ruling, claiming there was no proof that the wire fence had deterred migrants from trying to enter the country. The government said in a follow-up filing on January 12 that Texas had built more obstacles along a portion of the state’s border with Mexico, making it more difficult for Border Patrol personnel to monitor and handle situations.

The White House expressed satisfaction on Monday with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

A representative said that fixing the problems caused by our broken immigration system will take both enough money and changes to the way things are done. The statement talked about President Biden’s work to reach a deal with Congress that includes both Democrats and Republicans. The goal is to include more money and real policy changes. Republicans are very critical of Biden’s immigration policies and the large number of people coming into the U.S. illegally through the Mexico border. This issue is likely to get worse before the November 5 election, when the Democratic president is running for re-election for another four years.


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