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Texas shows no sign of complying with Justice's Monday deadline to remove buoy immigration barriers

Several Democratic lawmakers have objected to Texas' use of buoys as a barrier saying they create "serious risks" to public safety and the environment.

Published: July 24, 2023 10:34am

Updated: July 24, 2023 4:36pm

Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott show no sign of complying with the Justice Department's Monday deadline to remove buoys anchored in the Rio Grande River to stop illegal immigration, or potentially face a lawsuit.

In a letter sent last week, the agency has given Abbott and provisional state Attorney General Angela Colmenero until 2 p.m Monday to comply, saying the buoys create “serious risks” to public safety and the environment and violate federal law, according to ABC News. 

Texas also has razor wire along the Rio Grande, which is another issue.

Over 80 Democratic lawmakers sent a letter Friday to President Biden calling on him to investigate Abbott’s “dangerous and cruel actions.”

Abbott says Texas has “sovereign authority,” to protect the border, according to CNN.

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