March 4, 2024

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The government could remove the barbed wire from the Texas border

The government could remove the barbed wire from the Texas border

Barbed wire on the US-Mexico border

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that U.S. Border Patrol agents can cut or move fences in Texas near the Mexican border. The court thus agrees with President Biden's government, which sought to allow the state of Texas to do this, even though it was wrong.

The White House and Texas have been at loggerheads for some time over the security of the US-Mexico border. The Supreme Court's ruling concerns a 30-mile (46-kilometer) stretch of barbed wire along the Rio Grande border river.

Five of the nine justices accepted Biden's request: three justices considered liberals, Chief Justice John Roberts, known as a conservative, and Amy Coney Barrett.


Border guards, led by the national government, are already allowed to remove barbed wire in extreme emergencies (for example if someone is drowning). But by the judgments of the lower courts, this was not allowed in any other case.

It would allow the Border Patrol to operate on land owned by the state of Texas or owned by Texas residents. The Supreme Court ruling gives Border Patrol agents more leeway to cut or move wires in certain locations, making it easier to reach people in need.