Texas Gov. Abbott says he'll add more razor wire despite Supreme Court's ruling

 February 5, 2024

Texas Governor Greg Abbott asserted his commitment on Sunday to expand the controversial razor wire fencing along the state's border, despite a recent US Supreme Court ruling allowing the Biden administration to remove it.

Abbott, joined by 13 Republican governors offering resources and troops, emphasized the success of fencing and aquatic barriers in reducing illegal crossings at Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, Texas.

The pledge

He pledged to extend these efforts to additional areas to enhance deterrence against illegal entry into the United States.

Abbott highlighted Texas's installation of over 100 miles of razor wire fencing along the border, emphasizing its crucial role in addressing the migrant crisis.

Despite the Supreme Court's decision permitting the federal government to remove the barrier, Abbott argued for its protection, attributing the significant reduction in illegal crossings to the state's proactive measures.

Shelby Park

Shelby Park, previously overwhelmed by illegal migrants, witnessed a substantial decline in such incidents after Abbott assumed control.

The Texas governor underscored the state's effectiveness in taking immediate and effective measures, urging President Biden to address the ongoing border crisis.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee echoed Abbott's sentiments, emphasizing the constitutional right of Texas to protect itself and criticizing Biden's handling of border policies.

GOP governors support Abbott

The coalition of Republican governors expressed their solidarity with Texas, offering resources and troops to bolster border security and install additional barriers.

Abbott reiterated their commitment to support Texas, citing what they view as a lack of action from the Biden administration as the rationale for such measures.

The 2023 fiscal year recorded a record-breaking 2,475,669 migrant encounters at the southern US border, according to US Customs and Border Protection.

Abbott warned that a crackdown on illegal immigration in Texas might prompt migrants and cartels to shift their activities to states with less stringent measures, including New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

While the governor's tactics received support from fellow Republicans, they also faced criticism for allegedly endangering the lives of migrants. Last month, reports emerged of a woman and two children drowning in the Rio Grande after border agents were purportedly denied access to a fenced-off area by Texas guards, a claim vehemently denied by Texas officials.

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