AUSTIN – Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden Administration’s
Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), DHS Secretary Alejandro
Mayorkas, and several other agencies and officials over the federal
government’s practice of cutting and destroying Texas’s concertina wire
that was strategically positioned for the purpose of securing the
state’s border with Mexico and stemming the flow of illegal migration.
agents have developed and implemented a practice of destroying Texas’s
concertina wire to encourage, induce, and assist thousands of aliens to
illegally cross the Rio Grande and enter Texas. Federal agents in some
cases attempted to ease aliens’ ability to illegally climb up the
riverbank into Texas by attaching ropes or cables to the back of pickup
trucks. Federal agents regularly cut new openings in the wire fence,
sometimes immediately after Texas officers have placed new wire to plug
gaps in fencing barriers.
cutting Texas’s concertina wire, the federal government has not only
illegally destroyed property owned by the State of Texas; it has also
disrupted the State’s border deterrence efforts, leaving gaps in Texas’s
border barriers and damaging Texas’s ability to effectively deter
illegal entry into Texas.
this lawsuit, Attorney General Paxton seeks to end this ongoing,
unlawful practice which undermines Texas’s border security efforts.
Texas is asking the court to enjoin the federal defendants from
continuing to destroy and damage private property—without statutory
authority and in violation of federal law.
has the sovereign right to construct border barriers to prevent the
entry of illegal aliens,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “Americans
across the country were horrified to watch Biden’s open-border policy in
action: agents were physically cutting wires and assisting the aliens’
entry into our state. This is illegal. It puts our country and our
citizens at risk. The courts must put a stop to it, or Biden’s
free-for-all will make this crushing immigration crisis even worse.”
To read the filing, click here.