Top Border Patrol official insists there are 'no plans' to begin removing Texas' razor wire border barriers after Supreme Court ruling

 January 27, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency order on Monday to vacate a lower court's injunction that prohibited federal agents from cutting or removing the razor wire barriers erected along portions of the southern border with Mexico by Texas.

Yet, a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection official said Friday that there are "no plans" to begin cutting and removing all of the razor wire barriers emplaced by Texas along high-traffic areas of the border, according to Fox News.

Further, the union that represents "rank-and-file" U.S. Border Patrol agents likewise downplayed the rumors of an imminent clash between federal and state agents amid the ongoing legal dispute over Texas' efforts to secure and defend the border in opposition to the Biden administration's undeniable non-enforcement policies.

Texas vs. Biden admin over border security enforcement

Last year, in response to the Biden administration's lax enforcement of border security and immigration laws, Texas stepped up to enforce the border itself, including through the use of floating barriers in the Rio Grande River and razor-sharp concertina wire strung along the river's northern bank -- barriers that Border Patrol agents, acting on orders from their superiors, repeatedly cut and removed so illegal migrants could enter the country to be processed and released instead of detained and deported.

Texas filed a lawsuit and won at the district and circuit court levels, and the appeals court issued a preliminary injunction that stopped the federal agents from cutting and removing the razor wire barriers.

However, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 -- Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the court's three liberal justices to form the majority -- to vacate that injunction and restore the prior status quo, meaning Texas can continue to string the border with razor wire and federal agents can resume cutting and removing those barriers when deemed necessary.

Senior CBP officials says "no plans" to remove razor wire barriers

Amid rampant misinterpretations of what the Supreme Court's order entailed, there was widespread speculation that Border Patrol agents and other federal officials, or even the U.S. military, would swiftly launch a massive operation to clear away all of the razor wire Texas has used to fortify the southern border, but that appears to not be the case -- at least, not yet.

According to Fox News, a senior CBP official told the outlet, "While this issue plays out in the courts, the relationship between Border Patrol, Texas [Department of Public Safety], & [Texas Military Dept.] remains strong."

"Our focus is and will always be the mission of protecting this country and its people," they continued. "On the ground, we continue to work alongside these valuable partners in that endeavor."

The senior official added, "Bottom line: Border Patrol has no plans to remove infrastructure (c-wire) placed by Texas along the border. Our posture remains the same. If we need to access an area for emergency response, we will do so. When that happens, we will coordinate with Texas DPS & TMD."

Border Patrol union likewise downplays rumors of imminent standoff and conflict

Similarly, the union that represents Border Patrol agents, the National Border Patrol Council, issued a statement on the X platform to address rumors of impending arrests and federal vs. state conflicts that said, "Rank-and file BP agents are not going to start arresting TX NG members for following their LAWFUL orders. That's fake news."

"Lawful orders, no matter how unpopular or distasteful amongst rank-and-file agents, must be followed. Unlawful orders (as determined by competent legal counsel and not what some outhouse lawyer behind a keyboard says) will not be followed," the statement continued.

The NBPC insisted, "Rank-and-file BP agents appreciate and respect what TX has been doing to defend their state in the midst of this catastrophe that the Biden Admin has unleashed on America."

"We want to be perfectly clear, there is no fight between rank-and-file BP agents and the TX NG, Gov. Abbott, or TX DPS. It may make flashy headlines, but it simply isn't true," the Border Patrol agents union added.

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