On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order directing Texas to grant federal border agents access to the state’s border with Mexico, where Texas authorities have installed miles of razor wire.
The justices did not provide an explanation for their decision. However, it effectively upholds the long-established court rulings that assign the federal government exclusive authority over border security.
In October of the previous year, Texas filed a lawsuit against the federal government when Border Patrol agents cut some of the razor wire along the Rio Grande. Texas argued that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had damaged the state’s property and disrupted its efforts to secure the border.
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 order overturned a prior injunction from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had prohibited Border Patrol agents from cutting the razor wire.
In recent times, Shelby Park in Eagle Pass has emerged as a focal point of the conflict between Texas and the federal government over immigration enforcement. Governor Greg Abbott has intensified border enforcement measures around the 47-acre park by encircling the perimeter with razor wire and restricting access to the city park.