Judge orders Texas to remove floating border barrier

September 7, 2023

Faced with an unprecedented migrant crisis, Texas moved earlier this year to begin constructing a floating border wall in the Rio Grande.

Yet in a decision which has struck many conservatives as terrible, a federal judge has just ordered that the barrier be removed. 

Judge gives September 15 deadline

According to the Washington Examiner, the ruling came on Wednesday from Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra.

"Defendants and anyone working on their behalf are enjoined and hereby prohibited from building new or placing additional buoys, blockades, or structures of any kind in the Rio Grande River pending final judgment in this matter," Ezra wrote.

"Defendants shall, by September 15, 2023, reposition, at Defendants’ expense, and in coordination with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, all buoys, anchors, and other related materials composing the ... floating barrier placed by Texas in the Rio Grande in the vicinity of Eagle Pass, Texas to the bank of the Rio Grande on the Texas side of the river," the judge continued.

Texas governor promises to appeal

However, the Examiner noted that Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott quickly issued a statement in which he pledged to fight back.

"Texas will appeal. Today’s court decision merely prolongs President Biden’s willful refusal to acknowledge that Texas is rightfully stepping up to do the job that he should have been doing all along," the statement declared.

"This ruling is incorrect and will be overturned on appeal. We will continue to utilize every strategy to secure the border, including deploying Texas National Guard soldiers and Department of Public Safety troopers and installing strategic barriers,"

Our battle to defend Texas’ sovereign authority to protect lives from the chaos caused by President Biden’s open border policies has only begun. Texas is prepared to take this fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

New York mayor says migrant crisis "will destroy" city

Ezra's ruling came the same day that New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams said the migrant crisis "will destroy" the city.

"We had a $12 billion deficit that we're going to have to cut. Every service in this city is going to be impacted. All of us. It's going to come to your neighborhoods," Fox News quoted the mayor as saying during a town hall meeting.

"All of us are going to be impacted by this. I said it last year when we had 15,000. I'm telling you now with 110,000. The city we knew we're about to lose. And we're all in this together," he insisted.

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