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Texas isn't breaking the law with more razor wire, AG Paxton argues

"We sued them for cutting down our wire. We got an injunction stopping them," Paxton said.

Published: January 25, 2024 6:39pm

Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton argued Thursday that the Lone Star state's continued deployment of razor wire long the border does not break federal law, observing that a recent Supreme Court order merely permitted federal agents to cut through it.

"We're talking about an injunction," Paxton said on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "All they did was say that the injunction is gone so that supposedly the feds can cut down wire. But that doesn't mean we have to help them or that we're gonna allow them on to our property to do it. So we're not defying anything."

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Biden administration and ruled that federal agents could cut razor wire fencing that Texas placed along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that Texas would continue to "deploy this razor wire to repel illegal immigration."

He wrote in a statement that "Biden has instructed his agencies to ignore federal statutes that mandate the detention of illegal immigrants" and that he had "enticed illegal immigrants away from the 28 legal entry points along the State's southern border."

Paxton said that the fight was far from over. 

"They didn't order for us to do anything," Paxton said. "We sued them for cutting down our wire. We got an injunction stopping them. All that means is the injunction is not there right now."

He further said that the Constitution is on the side of Texas. 

"We also have additional provisions in the U.S. Constitution [that] I think protect us, that basically say if the federal government is not doing their job as it relates to an invasion, the state has a right to defend itself," Paxton said.

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