The White House on Tuesday cheered a Supreme Court ruling that allows border officials to cut through razor wire installed by Texas officials at the southern border. The justices in a 5-4 decision lifted an injunction that stopped Border Patrol agents cutting the wire installed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott as part of his immigration crackdown.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said she was ‘glad’ the Supreme Court made the controversial ruling and said border officials will now be able to ‘do their job.’ The Biden administration has been in a standoff with Texas over 30 miles of sharp concertina wire around Eagle Pass along the Rio Grande on the southern border.
Federal officials claim it endangers safety and gets in the way of rescue efforts, while the state says it stops the flow of migrants. Another migrant, an unidentified male, was found near Eagle Pass in the shallow waters of the Rio Grande Monday.
‘Look, we are certainly glad that Supreme Court made the decision to vacate the injunction that prevented border security to actually do their jobs, do humanitarian work, to actually enforce laws. And it got in the way and what was put forward that what Texas was doing, the governor was doing, was actually ineffective,’ she said. ‘And that’s something that we have to remember he was ineffective. And so now it’s going to it’s going to allow border security to do their jobs that allowed border security to actually act if there is an issue or a dangerous situation happening. And they need to act and save lives,’ she added.
She spoke after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in the administration’s favor, without issuing an opinion explaining the reasons. ‘Border Patrol needed access,’ said White House national security spokesman John Kirby, after being asked about the ruling and the crush of 300,000 migrants who tried to enter the country in December. ‘And that’s why we suit to get rid of that razor wire so that they can do their jobs, and you know what will help them do their jobs? More Border Patrol agents,’ he said.
Then Kirby made a pitch for stalled supplemental spending legislation that would beef up border funding while sending billions in military aid to Ukraine and Israel. ‘Here’s an idea. Go back to the supplemental requests that we put in, there’s money in there for some 1,300 additional border patrol agents. We want to help them do their jobs. We want to give them more resources. And the answer we kept get keep getting back from House Republicans is “no, no, no,”’ Kirby said.
‘Does it work for the Border Patrol to allow them to have the access they need to be able to better process people that are trying to get across the border? I don’t think so. And that’s why we asked for it to be removed,’ he said of the wire. Kirby spoke about the ‘historic movement’ of people around the hemisphere, saying the Mexican government is ‘stepping up’ at the border.
‘We have seen in recent weeks some success of that the idea that we don’t have a plan or a strategy or we’re not taking this seriously. It’s just not borne out by the facts. And, you know, again, if the folks in that House Republicans are serious about border security, and they claim they are then they should act on the supplemental request. And, you know, let’s negotiate this in good faith. ‘This case is ongoing, and Governor Abbott will continue fighting to defend Texas’ property and its constitutional authority to secure the border ,’ Abbott spokesman Andrew Mahaleris said Monday after the ruling. He said the state would keep fighting to defend ‘Texas’ property and its constitutional authority to secure the border.’
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