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The conflict between the White House and Texas over border control intensifies

The Biden administration and Texas have found themselves at odds over migrant influxes over the southern border. (Courtesy of Sam Owens/The San Antonio Express - News via AP)
The Biden administration and Texas have found themselves at odds over migrant influxes over the southern border. (Courtesy of Sam Owens/The San Antonio Express – News via AP)

In a deepening conflict between Texas and the Biden administration, the Lone Star state is making bold moves to assert control over a crucial strip of land on the northern bank of the Rio Grande River. The area, historically known for illegal border crossings, has become the focal point of a heated dispute, culminating in Texas seizing control of Shelby Park in the border city of Eagle Pass under Governor Greg Abbott’s orders.

The dispute intensified following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that granted Border Patrol agents the authority to remove barriers erected by state officers (including extensive razor wire installations). While federal agents argue for their right to access the river for duties like apprehending and processing migrants in accordance with federal law, Texas officials, led by Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, are standing firm, demanding the federal government relinquish control.

At the heart of the matter is Operation Lone Star, initiated by Governor Abbott three years ago in response to what he perceives as the Biden administration’s “lax border policies”. Texas advocates for a more assertive strategy – calling for the immediate arrest and detention of migrants on trespassing charges – a stark contrast to the federal process, which involves detaining migrants and releasing some while awaiting immigration hearings.

The recent 5-4 Supreme Court order allowing Border Patrol agents to remove certain barriers did not provide a detailed explanation. Legal experts suggest Texas is not currently in open defiance, as the order merely vacated a lower court ruling. However, the larger issue remains unresolved: who holds supreme authority over immigration: individual states or the federal government?

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While tensions are palpable, there has not been a direct confrontation between state guard troops and federal agents. But still, concerns are mounting, particularly voiced by immigrant rights groups, over the potential for escalation. A group named Take Our Border Back has called for a peaceful rally in Arizona, California, and Eagle Pass, with reports of online messages hinting at the possibility of vigilantism and violence.

As the situation unfolds, the ongoing discord between Texas and the federal government on border control policies is emphasized, and the nation watches closely for the resolution of this issue.

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Isabelle Berger, Eastside Global Commentary Editor
Currently a junior at East, Isabelle is a Print Global Commentary Editor for Eastside. She participates in a number of activities both inside and outside of East, and she spends much of her free time devoted to her 501(c)(3) charity through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). In her free time, Isabelle can usually be found reading, binge watching Netflix or baking.

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