A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Bidena administration from tampering with a wire fence designed to protect Texas’ border with Mexico.
Chief U.S. District Judge Alia Moses ruled that Texas would likely be harmed if federal officials dismantled the fence.
In his 11-page decision, Moses wrote, “[T]he Court GRANTS the Motion for a temporary restraining order until the parties have an opportunity to present evidence at a preliminary injunction hearing before the Court.”
“The Plaintiff preliminarily establishes that it would face irreparable harm without a temporary restraining order,” the decision added. “The Plaintiff alleges that by ‘damaging, destroying, and exercising dominion over state property,’ the Defendants are causing the Plaintiff to incur ‘extensive costs.’”
“The Plaintiff requests ‘an order temporarily restraining Defendants from damaging, destroying, or otherwise interfering with Texas’s concertina wire fence while’ the preliminary injunction motion remains pending,” the document explains, noting that the “Court shall grant the temporary relief requested, with one important exception for any medical emergency that mostly likely results in serious bodily injury or death to a person, absent any boats or other life-saving apparatus available to avoid such medical emergencies prior to reaching the concertina wire barrier.”
The decision is in response to a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who sued Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas after the federal government was cutting the state’s wire border fence.
“Texas has the sovereign right to construct border barriers to prevent the entry of illegal aliens,” Paxton stated. “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.”