Supreme Court allows federal agents to cut razor wire Texas installed on US-Mexico border
WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court on Monday allowed Border Patrol agents to resume cutting razor wire installed along a stretch of the US-Mexico border at the centre of a standoff between the Biden administration and the state of Texas over immigration enforcement.
A report from The Associated Press on Monday said the 5-4 vote clears the way for Border Patrol agents to cut or clear out concertina wire that Texas has put along the banks of the Rio Grande to deter migrants from entering the US illegally.
Some migrants have reportedly been injured and the Justice Department has argued the barrier impedes the US government’s ability to patrol the border, including coming to the aid of migrants in need of help AP News said.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott had authorised the wire as a means of curbing illegal crossings from Mexico.
The concertina wire reportedly stretches for roughly 30 miles (48 kilometres) near the border city of Eagle Pass which has become one of the busiest spots on the southern US border for migrants illegally crossing from Mexico.