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Texas National Guard is replacing razor wire on border despite Supreme Court ruling

 January 25, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Texas-installed border barriers, but state officials continue to reinforce the border with razor wire.

In a recent development that has captured national attention, Texas' National Guard is intensifying its efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border by installing additional razor wire barriers.

This move comes despite the Supreme Court's decision allowing Border Patrol agents to dismantle these barriers. The ruling, which represents a setback for Gov. Greg Abbott, underscores the ongoing conflict between state and federal authorities over border control and migrant safety, asthe Daily Mail reported.

State and federal conflict at the Eagle Pass border crossing

The focal point of this controversy is the border crossing at Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, where state officials were spotted setting up more razor wire just one day after the Supreme Court's ruling.

The federal government has criticized the wire fences, claiming they pose safety risks and obstruct rescue operations. In contrast, Texas officials argue that the barriers are crucial for halting unauthorized migrant crossings.

In a closely contested 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court granted a request by the Biden administration to temporarily halt a lower court's ruling.

This pause allows federal agents to remove the fencing while the legal battle continues.

The dispute centers around 30 miles of sharp concertina wire near Eagle Pass, which has become a contentious point between the Biden administration and Texas.

Razor wire removal amid migrant safety concerns

Border Patrol agents have actively been cutting through the wire to facilitate rescue efforts in the area, where three migrants tragically lost their lives in the past month.

Despite being overseas, Gov. Abbott remains steadfast in his defense of the razor wire barriers.

A spokesman for Abbott, Andrew Mahaleris, conveyed the governor's commitment to the legal fight, emphasizing the importance of these barriers in preventing illegal crossings and ensuring the safety of National Guard soldiers and DPS troopers.

Mahaleris said:

The Biden Administration has repeatedly cut wire that Texas installed to stop illegal crossings, opening the floodgates to illegal immigrants. The absence of razor wire and other deterrence strategies encourages migrants to make unsafe and illegal crossings between ports of entry, while making the job of Texas National Guard soldiers and DPS troopers more dangerous and difficult.

On the other side of the debate, the White House expressed satisfaction with the Supreme Court's decision.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre praised the ruling, stating that it allows border officials to perform their duties effectively.

Legal proceedings and Operation Lone Star

The legal proceedings are set to continue, with the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals preparing to hear arguments on whether Border Patrol agents violated Texas law by cutting the razor-wire barrier.

The dispute originated from Operation Lone Star, an initiative launched by Governor Abbott in 2021 to deter illegal border crossings. The operation involved installing fencing on private property along the Rio Grande, with the consent of landowners.

Texas initiated a lawsuit against the administration in October 2023, alleging that Border Patrol agents had intensified their efforts to damage the state-placed fencing.

Abbott's directive to install miles of concertina wire in high-traffic areas is a testament to the state's commitment to controlling the influx of migrants, many of whom are asylum-seekers not intending to enter the country undetected.

The humanitarian dimension and border control efforts

Despite the barriers, many migrants, including asylum-seekers, continue to cross the border illegally.

They often seek out U.S. Border Patrol agents upon entry to request asylum. The Texas-Mexico border stretches for 1,254 miles, and the wire barriers are present in multiple cities and regions, highlighting the magnitude of the issue.

The recent SCOTUS ruling specifically addresses the situation in Eagle Pass, where Texas soldiers fenced off Shelby Park, a city-owned land, with razor wire and other fencing materials.

Gov. Abbott defended this action, citing the need to manage the unprecedented number of illegal immigrant entries at Shelby Park, which had surged dramatically in the weeks prior.


  • The Supreme Court's decision against Texas' border barriers has not deterred the state from reinforcing the border with more razor wire.
  • Tensions between state and federal authorities are evident in the contrasting views on the safety and legality of the razor wire fences.
  • The humanitarian aspect of the crisis, with migrants, including asylum-seekers, risking their lives to cross the border, underscores the complexity of the issue.
  • Operation Lone Star, a central element in this dispute, reflects the ongoing legal and political struggle over border control and immigration policy.