Appeals Court Grants Stay to Order to Move Rio Grande Barrier Buoys

A district judge had ruled that the 1,000-foot barrier was installed illegally.

The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals granted a temporary stay to District Court Judge David Ezra’s ruling that Texas illegally installed barrier buoys on the Rio Grande River. The preliminary injunction requiring the state to relocate the buoys to a nearby embankment is paused while the case is processed. 

Judge Ezra had written, “Governor [Greg] Abbott announced that he was not ‘asking for permission’ for Operation Lone Star, the anti-immigration program under which Texas constructed the floating barrier. Unfortunately for Texas, permission is exactly what federal law requires before installing obstructions in the nation’s navigable waters.”

The stay was the result of Texas immediately appealed the ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Governor Abbott’s office said they were willing to take the case to the Supreme Court if need be.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Lord to work through the rulings of district court judges to accomplish His purposes.
  • For members of the 5th Circuit as they hear the appeals of district rulings.
  • That the president and his advisors would uphold the law as they implement immigration policies.

Sources: Reuters, USA Today


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