DOJ Makes Shocking Accusation Against Texas

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Friday, the Department of Justice alleged that Texas had added additional fencing and concertina wire to block the U.S. border along the Rio Grande banks. It added that these border additions had made it impossible for the Border Patrol agents to carry out their duties in that part of the U.S. border.

The filing in court is the latest development in the back-and-forth between the department and the state over the jurisdiction of the U.S. border. Last week, the federal government had called for the Supreme Court to issue a ruling in this disagreement. The filing on Friday notes that the state had erected the additional fencing on Wednesday which made it impossible for agents to patrol the Rio Grande sector of the U.S. border which spanned 2 ½ miles and is located near one of the busiest parts of the U.S. border close to Eagle Pass, Texas.

The sections have a city part that includes the primary boat ramp used by the Border Patrol into the river, as well as a staging area where migrants apprehended crossing the border are processed. The Department of Justice added that the Texas National Guard was blocking Border Patrol agents from using the staging area and the boat launch.
It continues that these latest actions taken by Texas are blocking the ability of Border Patrol to patrol the border and react in cases of emergencies.

The Department of Justice further noted that the Texas National Guard had also blocked off access to the border fence along the normal access roads with vehicles, barbed wire, and other fencing, completely blocking Border Patrol agents from being able to access those areas.

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