A few days ago, the US Supreme Court declared the construction of an improvised barrier with barbed wire in Texas unacceptable, stating that it is a great danger for migrants trying to cross the territory of North America.
This heavy battle between the president of the United States, Joe Biden, and the current governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has brought eternal revenge in the days since then because the southern border of Mexico has become a battlefield where travelers are the only ones affected.
It is worth mentioning that, since he came to state power, Abbott has chosen undocumented migrants. According to authorities, the barbed barrier in the Eagle Pass area of Texas has increased the number of people who died due to drowning. So far in 2024, a woman and two children have been found dead in the river by Mexican authorities. This event took place on January 12.
After the country’s highest court allowed federal authorities to “cut the wire barrier” to help migrants trying to cross if their lives were in danger, the Texas government strengthened security measures in the area. .
This is despite the fact that the Border Patrol has attempted to place surveillance equipment around Shelby Park. The Texas National Guard prevented federal law enforcement from entering. To this day, it is not known if it was by order of Abbott, but Texan forces fenced off the road in the same area with barbed wire.
It wasn’t until January 15 that the Biden administration presented a document to the Supreme Court that included details of the drowning of migrants—including the most recent one on January 12—as well as the rescue of two others on the same day.
The federal administration reiterated that “it is impossible to say what might have happened if the Border Patrol had had prior access to the area, including through surveillance trucks that helped monitor the area.”
January 17 is the deadline for Texas authorities to stop their blockade of Eagle Pass, as established by the US Department of Homeland Security. If they don’t comply, the agency will “refer the matter to the Department of Justice for appropriate action.” In a response that many analysts called “arrogant,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said, “Texas will not stand still,” and they also prevented the Border Patrol from passing through.
On January 22, the Supreme Court once again ruled on national security at the southern border between Mexico and the United States, and with the result of 5-4, the removal of the barbed wire installed by Governor Abbott was approved. “Instead of helping to reduce irregular immigration, the State of Texas is only making it harder for frontline workers to do their jobs and enforce the consequences provided by law,” the Department of Homeland Security said.
A day later, National Guard agents had no access to Eagle Pass. As a spiral of violations of the law changes, the government of Texas refuses to follow the rules of the Supreme Court.
It was not until January 26 that the Department of Homeland Security urged the authorities in charge of Abbott to open the areas corresponding to Shelby Park to provide access to the Border Patrol.