Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that he has secured an administrative stay halting the destruction of Texas’ wire fencing barricades along the United States-Mexico border by federal agents. 

According to a press release from Paxton’s office, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked federal immigration officials from damaging the fences, as the U.S. Department of Justice continues to prepare a response to Texas’ latest motion for an injunction. 

Paxton celebrated the administrative stay on X Tuesday, saying “Today We Won An Admin­is­tra­tive Stay Pre­vent­ing Biden and May­orkas from Destroy­ing Texas Bor­der Barriers.”

The stay is the latest development in Texas’ ongoing lawsuit against the Biden Administration—which was filed on October 24 against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The lawsuit was filed following the destruction of wire fences by federal agents, which allowed illegal aliens to flow into the state. 

“I am pleased the court recognized the extent of the federal government’s blatant and disturbing efforts to subvert law and order at our State’s border with Mexico,” Paxton stated. 

He also said, “This is an important step supporting Texas’s right to protect our citizens from Biden’s doctrine of open borders at any cost.”

While this move would allow Texas’ wire fence barriers to remain in place, the Biden administration’s attacks on border security are continuing in other areas. 

For example, earlier this month, the Fifth Circuit Court ruled to reinstate an injunction ordering Texas to remove the buoy barriers in the Rio Grande.  

Prior to this, the injunction had been stayed—which allowed the barriers to remain in place, similar to the wire fences. 

“I am disappointed that the 5th Circuit panel ruled against Texas’s right to secure its southern border with marine barriers,” Paxton tweeted on December 2. “I am immediately seeking a rehearing en banc to allow the full 5th Circuit to decide this issue. I will fight every step of the way for Texas’s right to defend itself.”

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.