(Washington) A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday temporarily halted a floating barrier that Texas had installed on the Rio Grande to stop migrants from crossing from Mexico, pending a ruling on the background.
The “administrative ban” decision comes a day after the southern US state’s government was given nine days to lift the ban it imposed in July, citing the “enormous tensions it has caused in US-Mexico relations”. “Threats to human life and obstruction of free and safe navigation.”
Texas’ Republican governor immediately announced he would appeal the decision.
The Justice Department in Washington has filed a lawsuit against Texas, accusing it of violating border agreements with Mexico and creating a humanitarian and diplomatic problem.
For years, right-wing elected officials like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have condemned the influx of illegal immigrants, which they describe as an “invasion.”
But Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration promises that the number of illegal crossings has fallen since it introduced new rules on asylum.
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