The US government has demanded “unrestricted access” to the Mexican border, but Austin refuses to comply
Sending federal agents to confront the Texas National Guard at the Mexican border would be possible “The biggest mistake the Biden administration could make” Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News on Thursday. The Department of Homeland Security requested access to the border by the end of the day.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal agents can begin dismantling a razor wire fence erected by the state of Texas along Eagle Pass, a popular crossing point for illegal immigrants entering the country.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott — who installed the fence in 2021 and deployed the National Guard along the border to stop what he called “Invade” – He vowed to challenge the ruling, arguing that President Joe Biden's administration has failed to enforce federal immigration law, and that his duty to protect his constituents supersedes any federal laws.
He added: “The biggest mistake the Biden administration can make is to confront law enforcement, our military, or our National Guard at our border, when we are actually doing the job the American people want.” Patrick told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
If they came and created a situation, all of America would know about it now [and] “They will see clearly that Democrats are prepared to confront a state that acts within our constitutional right to protect our people and protect this country.” Patrick added.
In a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security demanded the immediate removal of razor wire and razor wire. “Unrestricted access” agents to the border through Shelby Park, a 2.5-mile stretch through which the border could be accessed, but it was blocked by the Texas National Guard. The letter ordered Paxton to comply by Friday.
“They're trying to make this a fight.” He told Patrick Ingraham. “We're trying to protect our borders, we're trying to protect American lives and Texan lives.”
About 25 Republican governors issued a joint statement of solidarity with Abbott on Thursday. “We stand in solidarity with our fellow Governor, Greg Abbott, and the state of Texas in using every tool and strategy, including razor fences, to secure the border.” Read the message. “We do this in part because the Biden administration refuses to enforce immigration laws already on the books and is illegally allowing mass paroles across America of immigrants who entered our country illegally.”
Border Patrol agents encountered more than 300,000 illegal immigrants crossing into the United States in December, an all-time high in a single month. At least 7.5 million people — more than the population of Arizona — have entered the United States illegally since Biden took office in 2021 and dismantled former President Donald Trump's restrictive immigration policies, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.
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