The Supreme Court in the United States ruled in favor of the federal government so that it could remove the barbed wire that the Texas authorities placed on a section of the Mexican border to keep out migrants.
With five votes in favor and four against, the high court agreed with the administration of Joe Biden, who reported that the barrier prevented Border Patrol agents from accessing the area and performing their duties.
The governor of Texas, Republican Greg Abbott, ordered the placement of barbed wire in a section of the border of Eagle Pass as part of his plan to reduce the crossing of migrants in an irregular situation.
The Biden administration removed the barbed wire placed in Texas on the border with Mexico
After the agents of the Border Patrol cut part of the wire, the Government of Texas sued the federal administration, saying it caused damage to state property.
A federal judge first ruled in favor of the Biden administration, but then the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Texas, ruling that federal agents can only move the barrier if there is a medical emergency.
The Supreme Court overturned the appeals court’s decision on Monday with a narrow majority. Progressive justices Sonia Sotomayor voted in favor of the Biden Administration, Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson, and conservatives John Roberts and Amy Barrett.
Conservative justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh sided with Texas.
The Texas governor is waging a political, media, and judicial war against Biden over border immigration management. In addition to putting up barbed wire, Abbott sent several buses with migrants to Washington and many other cities governed by Democrats.
He also installed a controversial buoy barrier in a section of the Bravo River separating the border between Texas and Mexico and introduced a law that would criminalize migrants who cross the border irregularly, both measures that have been strongly criticized by the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.