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Republicans are urging Texas to ignore the Supreme Court at the border

Natalie Musumeci   

Republicans are urging Texas to ignore the Supreme Court at the border
  • Republicans are angry over the Supreme Court's recent ruling involving the US-Mexico border.
  • The ruling allows for federal agents to cut through Texas' wire fencing at the southern border.

Republicans are seething over the recent Supreme Court ruling that allows for the Biden administration to cut through razor-wire fencing that Texas put up at the US-Mexico border — and some are urging the GOP-controlled Lone Star State to ignore the order.

Texas GOP Rep. Chip Roy suggested that the state should tell the Supreme Court to "go to hell" over the 5-4 Monday ruling that handed the federal government a huge win in its ongoing legal battle with Texas over the southern border.

Roy told Fox News Digital on Tuesday that Texas has "a duty under the Constitution" to "protect" its citizens.

"There is no exception to that," Roy said, according to the news outlet. "And if the Supreme Court wants to ignore that truth, which a slim majority did, Texas still had the duty, Texas leaders still have the duty, to defend their people."

The lawmaker continued, "It's like, if someone's breaking into your house, and the court says, 'Oh, sorry. You can't defend yourself.' What do you tell the court? You tell the court to go to hell, you defend yourself, and then figure it out later."

In a post on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter, Roy called the Supreme Court ruling "unconscionable" and said Texas "should ignore it on behalf" of the US Border Patrol agents "who will be put in a worse position by the opinion and the Biden administration's policies."

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said in a Tuesday interview on Fox News that the Supreme Court ruling makes him "angry." He added that "incredible progress" has been made at securing the border and alleged that President Joe Biden "deliberately, systematically dismantled it."

Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah questioned the Biden administration's next moves on Glenn Beck's podcast, "The Glenn Beck Program."

"Is the Biden administration, really, seriously, with a straight face, are they going to say, 'Yes, cut the wires, remove all the concertina wire, and do all that?'" Lee said.

Texas has erected razor-wire fencing along a stretch of the Rio Grande in the border city of Eagle Pass as part of its efforts to prevent unauthorized immigration at the border.

The US Justice Department said in a court filing earlier this month that Texas National Guard soldiers were blocking Border Patrol agents from accessing the state's border and said the "fencing further restricts Border Patrol's ability to reach the river in particular areas."

It added that Texas' actions "demonstrate an escalation of the State's measures to block Border Patrol's ability to patrol or even to surveil the border and be in a position to respond to emergencies."

Despite the Supreme Court's ruling allowing federal border agents to remove the wire fencing, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott defiantly said on X on Tuesday that the "Texas National Guard continues to hold the line in Eagle Pass."

"Texas will not back down from our efforts to secure the border in Biden's absence," the Republican governor said.

Videos posted to the social media site by multiple reporters on Tuesday showed Texas officials putting up even more razor-wire in the face of the ruling.

Abbott confirmed in a post on X on Wednesday that Texas was installing more razor-wire at the border.

"Texas' razor wire is an effective deterrent against the illegal border crossings encouraged by Biden's open border policies," Abbott said. "We continue to deploy this razor wire to repel illegal immigration."

Meanwhile, Abbott's spokesman, Andrew Mahaleris, told Business Insider in a statement: "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 [Department of Public Safety] troopers more dangerous and difficult. This case is ongoing, and Governor Abbott will continue fighting to defend Texas' property and its constitutional authority to secure the border," Mahaleris said.

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