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US Court to reconsider forcing Texas to remove Rio Grande immigration barrier

A US appeals court said Wednesday it would consider a recent ruling that requires Texas to remove the floating barrier, which is 305 meters long, that he placed in the Rio Grande to prevent immigrants from illegally crossing the Mexican border.

The decision by the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturns a December decision by a divided three-judge panel, which sided with the Joe Biden administration and said the state could not install the chain of buoys.

That decision was a setback for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican who has sharply criticized the Democratic president’s handling of the record influx of migrants crossing the border illegally.

The Fifth Circuit said it will hear arguments in the case in May. Most of the court’s 17 active judges were appointed by Republican presidents, but two of the three judges who decided the case in December were appointed by Democrats.

Abbott’s office, the office of Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and the United States Department of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The floating barrier is part of Abbott’s broader effort to prevent and punish illegal border crossings, dubbed Operation Lone Star.

Texas has installed chain-link fences on private property along the border, flown or bused thousands of migrants to Democratic-led cities and states, and recently passed a law allowing state officials to arrest, process, and deport people who cross the border. illegal way.

All of the measures have sparked court battles between Texas, the Biden administration, and civil rights groups.

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