President of US - Joe Biden | Credits: Anadolu Agency
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Biden faces criticism as Texas National Guard erects new border barriers

United States: The Texas National Guard erected new barriers along part of the state’s border with Mexico this week, preventing US Border Patrol agents from entering, according to a federal court filing on Friday, in an escalating conflict over migration between the Republican state government and President Joe Biden’s Democratic administration.

Biden Responds to Texas’ Actions

The Biden administration’s lawyers stated in their brief to the US Supreme Court that Texas’ “activities have changed the situation along the relevant stretch of the Rio Grande.” They went on to say that the extra barriers in and around Eagle Pass, Texas “further restricts Border Patrol’s ability to reach the river in particular areas.”

Texas Border Wall | Credits: The New York Times

Legal Battle

The filing comes after the government earlier this month requested that the justices temporarily enable Border Patrol agents to tear or remove contentious razor-wire fencing installed along a portion of Texas’s border with Mexico to deter illegal border crossings.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott‘s office did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the filing.

Texas Governor – Greg Abbott | Credits: Getty Images

Texas’ action comes as the Republican governor has bused 100,000 migrants from the state to Democratic towns throughout the country, criticizing the Biden administration for the record number of migrants crossing in recent years. Migration is expected to be a major topic when Biden campaigns for re-election in November.

The request to pause a lower court’s ruling that temporarily blocked federal agents from disturbing the fencing while litigation over the issue proceeds is not yet ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

As reported by Reuters, Earlier, Texas authorities have arrested nearly 10,000 migrants who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border under a new “arrest and jail” operation aimed at deterring illegal immigration.

Following the successful arrests, Texas passed a new law that will bolster the smaller-scale operation to expand the authority to make arrests, as well as give local judges the authority to order the migrants out of the country. The changes go into effect in March.

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