On Monday, a federal judge issued an Emergency Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Biden Administration.
This order effectively prohibited the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from dismantling, degrading, or tampering with concertina wire barriers along the Texas border.
In response to this action, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and other federal agencies and officials.
The lawsuit stemmed from the administration’s controversial practice of systematically destroying concertina wire deployed along the state’s border with Mexico to deter illegal migration.
Paxton stated in a tweet that “Today, I filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration regarding their cutting razor wire at the border. Texas is and will continue to be America’s greatest backstop to the failures of the federal government.”
BREAKING: Today, I filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration regarding their cutting razor wire at the border. Texas is and will continue to be America's greatest backstop to the failures of the federal government. https://t.co/rfzJWYqYxH
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) October 24, 2023
“By cutting Texas’s concertina wire, the federal government has not only illegally destroyed property owned by the State of Texas; it has also disrupted the State’s border deterrence efforts, leaving gaps in Texas’s border barriers and damaging Texas’s ability to effectively deter illegal entry into Texas,” according to the press release.
“With this lawsuit, Attorney General Paxton seeks to end this ongoing, unlawful practice which undermines Texas’s border security efforts. Texas is asking the court to enjoin the federal defendants from continuing to destroy and damage private property—without statutory authority and in violation of federal law,” it added.
In a statement, Ken Paxton said, “Texas has the sovereign right to construct border barriers to prevent the entry of illegal aliens. Americans across the country were horrified to watch Biden’s open-border policy in action: agents were physically cutting wires and assisting the aliens’ entry into our state. This is illegal. It puts our country and our citizens at risk. The courts must put a stop to it, or Biden’s free-for-all will make this crushing immigration crisis even worse.”
To read the filing, click here.
Federal operatives have been implicated in not only disrupting the concertina wire, but also assisting thousands of undocumented aliens in their unauthorized passage across the Rio Grande into Texas.
Some agents have gone to extreme lengths to facilitate these crossings, attaching ropes or cables to vehicles to create makeshift pathways up the riverbank and cutting new openings in the wire fence directly after Texas officers repaired previous breaches.
I like how you used a pic showing a Texas soldier and razor wire, While both were put there by Texas due to Joe Biden's open Borders.
By the way, don't forget this is what Joe Biden is instructing BP agents to do. pic.twitter.com/M3AF57zZOp
— rip240sx???????? (@rip240sx) October 17, 2023
A second video depicts a Border Patrol agent engaging in a fist bump with illegal aliens following their successful cutting of Governor Greg Abbott’s border wire.
Illegals Fist Bump Border Patrol After They Cut Through Abbott’s Border Wire.
Why is this happening? pic.twitter.com/cIZAWsOzD6
— I Meme Therefore I Am ???????? (@ImMeme0) September 29, 2023
Footage acquired by Fox News journalist Bill Melugin exposes more than a dozen individuals, including men, women, children, and infants being let through the cut razor wire fence by an agent.
A coyote can be seen directing his fan motorboat back to Mexico after unloading his human cargo and leaving without incident.
NEW: Video from source in Eagle Pass shows Border Patrol cutting through razor wire placed by the state of TX to allow migrants to enter & be processed after crossing illegally. @TxDPS tells me this is the first time they know of this happening, and that it’s being looked into… pic.twitter.com/jESPbzj9sw
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) June 30, 2023
According to Texas Assistant Attorney General Robert Henneke, the Biden Administration has reinforced its efforts to eliminate border security measures in Texas in response to the lawsuit.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) used a forklift tractor to take down a razor-wire barrier along the Texas border, enabling 310 individuals to enter the U.S. illegally.
???????? UPDATE: In response to our lawsuit, #BidenAdministration @DHSgov has doubled down using a forklift tractor to dismantle the #Texas razor wire barrier allowing 310 people to enter illegally. @TXAG & @TPPF have filed an immediate TRO motion seeking emergency relief from the… https://t.co/LntiboMpP8 pic.twitter.com/iJXzYogjhx
— Robert Henneke (@robhenneke) October 27, 2023
In response, the Texas Attorney General and the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) have filed an immediate Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) motion on Friday, seeking emergency relief from the Court.
“Plaintiff the State of Texas respectfully requests the Court to enter an order temporarily restraining Defendants from damaging, destroying, or otherwise interfering with Texas’s concertina wire fence while it adjudicates the pending preliminary-injunction motion—or grant that motion due to Defendants’ escalation of its misconduct. Alternatively, the Court should issue a stay of Defendants’ policy doing the same, pending judicial review,” according to the court documents.
On Monday, Judge Alia Moses issued an emergency Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Biden regime, requiring them to immediately cease removing barbed wire from Texas borders. This TRO will expire on November 13, 2023 at 9:30 a.m., unless further order of the Court extends this time period.
According to the court order, “Until November 13, 2023 at 9:30 a.m., the Defendants shall be enjoined from: (1) removing the property from its present location for any reason other than to provide or obtain emergency medical aid, as noted above; (2) concealing the property in any way; (3) offering the property for sale, rent, or use to any person, business, or entity; (4) selling or otherwise transferring the property in whole or in part; (5) encumbering the property in any way; (6) scrapping the property; (7) disposing of the property in any way; (8) disassembling, degrading, tampering with, or transforming the property in any way for any reason other than to provide or obtain emergency medical as noted in this order; and (9) failing to take all steps necessary to protect the property against damage or loss of any kind.”
Read the order here.