The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to intervene in the border land dispute with Texas

(Sam Owens/Associated Press)

The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to intervene in the border land dispute with Texas

Immigration and the border


January 16, 2024

The drowning deaths of three migrants have given new urgency to an extraordinary confrontation between the Biden administration and Texas’ Republican governor. Greg Abbott, who seized a city park in a major corridor for illegal crossings and denied entry to Border Patrol agents.

The Justice Department late Monday filed a new request with the Supreme Court to grant federal agents access to a portion of the border along the Rio Grande occupied by the Texas National Guard and the Texas Military Department. The request followed the drowning of a young Mexican mother and her two children who attempted to enter the U.S. via the river near Shelby Park near Eagle Pass, Texas.

The state fenced off Shelby Park last week, denying the public and federal agents access to the city-owned land, as part of Abbott’s aggressive moves to stop illegal crossings. The drownings occurred hours after President


The Biden administration first asked the Supreme Court to intervene.

Abbot posted on social media on Monday that he uses every tool possible to stop illegal immigration.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Texas Military Department have provided differing timelines on the drownings since they were made public Saturday by a South Texas congressman.

According to Monday’s Justice Department filing, the deaths occurred Friday at 8 p.m., before U.S. federal agents were notified by Mexican counterparts at 9 p.m. Border Patrol agents were also notified of two other migrants in the same area who were in distress, the filing said.

U.S. agents approached the locked gate at the park entrance and notified the Texas National Guard of the situation, the filing said. They were told that Texas was denying them access to the 50 acres

(20 hectares)

parking, even in emergency situations.

The filing was filed with the Supreme Court in a lawsuit brought by the Biden administration over razor wire fencing installed by Texas. An appeals court has said federal agents should only cut the razor wire during emergencies.

Even if there is an ongoing emergency of the type that the appeals court expressly excluded from the order, Texas hinders the Border Patrol’s ability to patrol the border, identify and reach migrants in need, secure those migrants and even gain access to every wire. that it may have to cut back or relocate to meet its responsibilities, the Justice Department wrote in the latest filing.

The federal government is asking the Supreme Court to lift the entire ban that bars Border Patrol agents from cutting or moving razor wire in Texas. The Justice Department says the state is using this decision to cut off access to more land than just the riverbanks.

Abbott has said he is taking action because

Chairman Joe

Biden is not doing enough to control the US-Mexico border.


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