Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Federal Razor Border Fence Removal

Overturns previous decision made by a district court judge.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked President Biden’s administration from removing razor wire fencing installed by the state of Texas along the southern border, countering a previous ruling made by a lower court. 

The state of Texas has begun taking steps to deter illegal migrant crossings, one of which involved receiving the consent of landowners to install razor wire across private land along the border. After a few months, Customs and Border Protection Agents began taking down these fences. 

Texas filed to stop President Biden’s administration from removing the wire, and District Judge Alia Moses had ruled that it was the federal government’s right to manage the southern border. However, after the decision was appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court, Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan ruled that private property laws supersede the rights of the federal government, granting the block that Texas requested.

“The public interest supports clear protections for property rights from government intrusion and control,” Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan wrote for the Louisiana-based court.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For insight for district and circuit court judges as they hear cases regarding constitutional authority and rights.
  • For border patrol officers and agents to be discerning as they fulfill their roles and seek to do their duty.
  • For officials in the states that border Mexico as they address the immigration crisis.

Sources: Food and Drug Administration


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