US Department of Justice Warns Texas: Floating Border Barriers Are Illegal | Abroad

The US Department of Justice warned Texas after the state installed floating barriers in the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border with Mexico. The barriers are designed to prevent migrants from violating federal law, the department said.

“The actions of the State of Texas violate federal law, raise humanitarian concerns, pose serious risks to public safety and the environment, and may interfere with the performance of official federal government duties,” the prosecutor said in a letter to senior Texas officials.

According to the letter sent to Gov. Gregg Abbott and the acting Texas Attorney General, the plastic buoys placed in the river near the town of Eagle Pass earlier this month constitute an illegal obstruction. If Texas does not remove the large plastic handcuffs, legal action may follow.

In response to the Justice Department’s warning, Abbott tweeted Friday that the state has the right to guard the border with Mexico. “We’ll see you in court,” the Texas governor said.

Republican Abbott, who blames Democratic President Joe Biden for the border situation, has taken several steps in recent years to prevent migrants from illegally crossing the border. For example, it has deployed thousands of National Guard troops to guard the border and sends migrants by bus to other parts of the United States.

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