A federal judge has ordered the state of Texas to remove floating barriers in the Rio Grande River by September 15 and has prohibited the state from building new or placing additional buoys in the river. This decision is seen as a victory for the Biden administration.
The barriers were part of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s border security initiative known as Operation Lone Star. The Justice Department had previously sued Texas, alleging that the barriers were unlawfully installed and violated the Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act. The judge ruled that Texas needed federal permission to install such barriers.
Texas has swiftly appealed the judge’s order, with Governor Abbott’s office stating that they are prepared to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The federal court ruling on Texas’ floating barriers is more than just a legal decision; it’s a political milestone that could influence public opinion, legislative initiatives, and electoral outcomes. As the case moves through the appeals process, its impact on the broader conversation about immigration and border security will be worth watching.