Appeals Court Issues Ruling Regarding Texas Floating Border Barriers

by J Pelkey
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A federal judge in the Western district of Texas ordered the state to remove sections of a floating border barrier that was installed in the Rio Grande River near Eagle Pass back in July.

The judge gave Texas until September 15 to comply with the order.

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U.S. District Judge David Ezra issued a preliminary injunction for the state of Texas to remove all 1,000 feet of river buoy barriers at Eagle Pass.

Texas reportedly has until September 15th to comply with the order.

“In a legal win for the Biden admin DOJ, a federal judge has issued an injunction against the state of Texas, ordering it to remove all 1,000 feet of river buoy barriers in the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, TX by September 15th,” Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin reported.

In response, Texas governor Greg Abbott called the ruling incorrect and announced that he would appeal.

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On Thursday, a federal appeals court issued a stay on the judge’s order to remove the floating border barrier.

From NBC News:

A federal appeals court Thursday put on hold a judge’s order from earlier this week requiring Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to remove a floating barrier from the middle of the Rio Grande.

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals allowed Abbott, a Republican, to leave in place for now the 1,000-foot barrier the state installed to deter illegal migrant crossings. The order was issued by a three-judge panel of two Democratic appointees and a Republican appointee.

Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David Ezra had ordered that the barrier moved out of the main waterway to the bank of the Rio Grande on the Texas side by Sept. 15, granting the Justice Department’s request for a preliminary injunction while the case is litigated.

Spokespeople for the Justice Department and Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday night.

Lawyers for Texas have characterized illegal crossings at the southern border as an invasion that the state has a right to defend against.

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