Mexico files complaint about Texas 'buoy barrier,' says it violates boundary laws

Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott said that this barrier was installed to protect the border.

Published: July 15, 2023 11:17am

Officials from Mexico filed a complaint to the U.S. government regarding the "buoy barrier" installed by Texas along the Rio Grande River, citing that it might violate international treaties, according to The Associated Press.

On Friday, Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretary Alicia Bárcena announced that the country will send an inspection team to evaluate the barrier along the river to see if it violates any treaties. 

Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott said that this barrier was installed to protect the border.

“This strategy will proactively prevent illegal crossings between ports of entry by making it more difficult to cross the Rio Grande and reach the Texas side of the southern border,” Abbott’s office said in a statement, according to The Hill.  

The Texas governor is being sued over this action by Eagle Pass resident and kayaking outfitter Jessie F. Fuentes. 

Abbott said via Twitter in response to the lawsuit that he would take this to the Supreme Court if necessary.

"Abbott sued over plan to deploy buoys in the Rio Grande," he wrote. "We will see you in court. And don't think the Travis Co. Court will be the end of it. This is going to the Supreme Court. Texas has a constitutional right to secure our border."

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