(SNews) – Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration is being sued by the state of Texas after the federal government destroyed a security fence along the Southern Border to allow entry to illegal migrants.
Texas filed a lawsuit against the Biden admin on Tuesday.
The case seeks to prevent Biden’s federal agencies from illegally cutting and destroying razor-wire fencing placed along the southern border by state officials.
In the lawsuit, filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and Border Patrol are named as defendants.
The lawsuit also names DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller, Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens, and Acting Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Juan Bernal.
The complaint states that the federal government is “undermining Texas’s efforts to stem the flow of illegal immigration.”
“The Biden Administration’s abdication of its duty to secure the border has allowed millions of aliens to illegally cross into Texas and the United States in record numbers.”
CBP encountered roughly 458,000 migrants at the Southern Border in fiscal year 2020 and 1.7 million in 2021.
In 2022, the number soared to nearly 2.4 million.
The complaint notes that between fiscal year 2019 and 2022, the number of detected “gotaways” increased by 303%.
“But the border crisis is not just limited to harms of this unprecedented influx of unlawful immigration,” the Texas lawsuit continued.
“It also includes deadly drug smuggling, human trafficking, infiltration by suspected terrorists, and other criminal drug cartel activities.
“To date, in FY2023, CBP has seized over 22,000 pounds of fentanyl — compared with 8,300 pounds over the same period in FY2022.”
Texas has been working to “fill the breach created by the federal government’s indolence,” according to Paxton’s suit.
In 2021, Republican Governor Greg Abbott launched Operation Lone Star, an initiative that aims to curb illegal immigration by utilizing several state agencies, including the Texas Military Department.
To fill gaps in the U.S.-Mexico border that have been left exposed by the federal government, the TMD purchased and installed concertina-wire fencing along the southern border with permission from landowners.
According to the lawsuit, CBP has cut Texas’ strategically placed razor-wire fencing on previous occasions but has recently ramped up its efforts to destroy the barriers “without any justification.”
“Since September 20, 2023, federal agents have developed and implemented a policy, pattern, or practice of destroying Texas’s concertina wire to encourage and assist thousands of aliens to illegally cross the Rio Grande and enter Texas,” the lawsuit claims.
“Federal agents not only cut Texas’s concertina wire but also attach ropes or cables from the back of pickup trucks to ease aliens’ ability to illegally climb up the riverbank into Texas.
“And they regularly cut new openings in the wire fence, sometimes immediately after Texas officers have placed new wire to plug up gaps in fencing barriers.”
The complaint accused the Biden admin of illegally destroying Texas’s property and disrupting the state’s efforts to secure the border.
“Texas brings this lawsuit to end this ongoing, unlawful practice which undermines its border security efforts,” the lawsuit added.
“This Court can and should enjoin the federal defendants from continuing to destroy and damage private property that is not theirs — without statutory authority and in violation of both state and federal law.”
Paxton stated Tuesday, “Texas has the sovereign right to construct border barriers to prevent the entry of illegal aliens.”
“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,” Paxton continued.
“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.”