Biden’s DHS Demands Texas Authorities Stand Down at Border

By Jerry McConway, updated on January 25, 2024

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is doing everything in his power to lock down the Texas border, but the White House continues to disrupt his efforts.

With the Supreme Court now having allowed Border Patrol to cut through the razor wiring put in place by the Texas National Guard, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now demanding that Texas authorities stand down and give up complete control of the border to the Biden administration.

Talking Points…
- Supreme Court ruling
- Stand Down order given
- Analysis

Supreme Court Decision

Most of us were stunned when the Supreme Court issued a ruling on Monday that sided with the administration over the state of Texas to allow the cutting of razor wire that had been installed along the border by Texas authorities.

The ruling came down 5-4, with Chief Justice Roberts bringing Trump-appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett along with the liberal justices to hand the Biden administration a huge win on the immigration front. Abbott’s office vowed this fight is not over, stating:

“This case is ongoing, and Governor Abbott will continue fighting to defend Texas’ property and its constitutional authority to secure the border.”

Stand Down Order Given

The administration took no time at all after the court’s decision to demand that Texas cease its operations. Texas received a letter from DHS on the matter, which, in part, stated:

“As you are aware, yesterday, the Supreme Court vacated the injunction prohibiting the Department from cutting or moving the concertina wire that Texas had placed along the border except in case of emergency, and restored the Department’s right to cut and move the concertina wire placed by Texas in order to perform their statutory duties. The Department must also have the ability to access the border in the Shelby Park area that is currently obstructed by Texas.

“The State has alleged that Shelby Park is open to the public, but we do not believe this statement is accurate. To our knowledge, Texas has only permitted access to Shelby Park by allowing public entry for a memorial, the media, and use of the golf course adjacent to Shelby Park, all while continuing to restrict U.S. Border Patrol’s access to the park. Please clarify the scope of access Texas permits to the public.”

Texas has already issued a defiant response, with Governor Abbott also stating that Texas will not stand down to the administration.

Analysis

I wish I could say that I was surprised by this decision, but as I have stated many times, this court goes the way of Chief Justice Roberts. Virtually every time he sides with the liberal side of the bench, one of the Trump-appointed justices walks over the line with him, giving the liberal side the advantage.

The real question here is how the court could not allow Texas to defend its border. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Lt. Chris Olivarez addressed that very issue, stating:

“The logical concern should be why the Federal Government continues to hinder Texas’ ability to protect its border, all while allowing for the exploitation, dangerous, & inhumane methods of permitting illegal immigrants, including children, to illegally cross a dangerous river where many have lost their lives.

“Texas is the only state using every strategy & resource to protect its sovereignty, combat criminal activity, & discourage illegal immigration. #Texas will continue to hold the line.”

This line in the sand will be drawn between the two sides in the upcoming election. Democrats are going to focus on abortion and Trump being a threat to democracy, and the GOP will focus on immigration and the economy. In less than 10 months, we will see which of these issues is more important to the majority of American citizens.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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