Supreme Court: Feds Can Cut Texas Razor Wire at Southern Border

January 23, 2024

Enforcement of immigration law is a federal responsibility.

A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement approving a Supreme Court decision. The vote permits Border Patrol agents to continue to cut razor wire that Texas installed along the Rio Grande on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Why It Matters: A historic pace of people attempting entry into the U.S. along both the southwest and northern border continues. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Border Patrol agents could continue to cut the razor wire that stretches about 30 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border. The decision comes amid tension between the state of Texas and the Biden administration about immigration.

“… the Justice Department has argued the barrier impedes the U.S. government’s ability to patrol the border, including coming to the aid of migrants in need of help” (The Associated Press).

White House spokesperson Angelo Fernández Hernández said, “Texas’ political stunts, like placing razor wire near the border, simply make it harder and more dangerous for frontline personnel to do their jobs,” while spokesman for Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), Andrew Mahaleris, said “This case is ongoing, and Governor Abbott will continue fighting to defend Texas’ property and its constitutional authority to secure the border.”

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Supreme Court allows federal agents to cut razor wire Texas installed on US-Mexico border (The Associated Press)

Supreme Court allows feds to cut razor wire installed on Texas-Mexico border (NBC Dallas-Fort Worth)

by Sarah Pinkerton,