Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently announced that he has won an injunction against the Biden administration that would prevent federal agents from destroying crucial wire fence barricades along the Texas-Mexico border. 

This follows an administrative stay Paxton secured earlier this month issued by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The injunction, however, prohibits federal agents from damaging Texas’ concertina wire fences pending appeal against the Biden administration. It was filed on December 19.

A press release from Paxton’s office explains that, despite recognizing the federal government had failed to enforce existing immigration law, a federal district court decided that the Biden Administration enjoyed sovereign immunity—meaning it cannot be sued without its consent. 

This resulted in the court allowing border patrol agents to resume the destruction of the fences, leading Paxton to immediately appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Fifth Circuit concluded that the Biden administration did not have sovereign immunity and halted the destruction of the fences as the issue continues to be litigated. 

“I am very pleased the appellate court has forbidden federal agents sent by the Biden administration from destroying our concertina wire fences,” Paxton stated. 

He also said, “Given the ongoing disaster at the southern border due to the federal government’s intentional actions, more than ever it is necessary to take every step we can to hold the line.”

“I will continue to fight against the Biden administration’s radical policies and work to make Texas a safer, more secure place to live,” Paxton concluded. 

Border security continues to be a top priority for Texans going into 2024 as illegal aliens flood across the border as a result of the Biden administration’s open-border policies. 

For example, U.S. Customs & Border Protection temporarily suspended railroad operations in both Eagle Pass and El Paso and redirected personnel to aid in taking illegal aliens into custody. 

Meanwhile, reports from Eagle Pass show thousands of illegal border crossers awaiting processing as CBP is struggling to deal with the surge of crossings. 

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.