White House At Loggerheads With Abbott Over River Barrier

On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) vowed to take the Biden administration to court over its demand that he dismantle a barrier the state had recently set up on the Rio Grande to slow the flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has asserted that the barrier’s blocking of U.S. waterways violates federal law. The agency has requested that it be taken down at taxpayer cost.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (KJP) said that what Abbott did is unlawful and dangerous, and it impedes the “progress” of the Biden Administration’s efforts.

KJP said Abbott refuses to sit down and talk about finding common ground, instead resorting to cruel, inhumane, and unjust actions.

Jean-Pierre continued by saying Abbott’s comments on the administration’s handling of illegal immigration were not made in “good faith.”

KJP said there is no sincerity in Governor Abbott’s actions. And Governor Abbott is the one who is actively spreading disorder and keeps doing cruel political antics.

It is unclear what the Biden White House thinks is progress. 

In an interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier on Monday, Abbott addressed the lawsuit and the White House’s statements, making the case for Texas’s actions.

Abbott said protecting our border from persons entering the United States illegally is in the public interest, and the state of Texas has a responsibility to do it.  He said they believe that the statute does not apply in any way because what the state of Texas is doing through those buoys is not violating rules.

In court, Texas will vigorously defend Texas’s sovereign power to guard the border against the Biden Administration.

This humanitarian crisis is a direct result of Biden’s open-borders policies.

To prevent illegal immigrants from entering the United States through Eagle Pass, buoy obstacles have been set up in the river.

The orange spheres, each measuring 4 feet in diameter, spin if anyone tries to grip them. If necessary, the barrier can be shifted or lengthened.

This is all a part of “Operation Lone Star,” Texas’s plan to deal with the disaster that President Joe Biden’s immigration policies have wrought.