(TargetLiberty.org) – A contentious situation has emerged at the border between Texas and New Mexico, where Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the installation of a razor wire barrier. This move is part of Governor Abbott’s efforts to restrict the entry of migrants into Texas. The razor wire barrier, reinforced with concertina wire, was positioned near Sunland Park, New Mexico, which shares a border with El Paso, Texas.
Governor Abbott explained the rationale behind this barrier in a social media post, stating that the existing barriers around El Paso were causing migrants to enter New Mexico and then cross into El Paso, Texas. To address this, a new barrier is being constructed on the border with New Mexico.
In response to this move, Representative Gabe Vasquez, a Democrat representing New Mexico’s 2nd district, expressed concerns about the constitutionality of the barrier. He argued that limiting travel between U.S. states infringes upon the rights of Americans and characterized it as a political maneuver that does not provide a sustainable solution to the immigration challenges the region faces.
Governor Abbott has taken a series of assertive actions at the southern border, as part of his Operation Lone Star campaign, which involves substantial financial investments. Among these measures is the deployment of a 1,000-foot floating barrier with circular saws in the Rio Grande to deter illegal crossings, an action that has faced legal challenges from the U.S. Justice Department.
Additionally, razor wire fencing has been set up along the border, and Texas has funded the transportation of migrants to Democratic-led cities since last year. According to Abbott, approximately 58,000 migrants have been bused out of the state, including over 20,000 to New York City.
In response to these actions, Democratic officials from both Texas and New Mexico have criticized Governor Abbott’s approach to border security. They argue that the use of public tax dollars to support these initiatives infringes on the rights of individuals to move freely across state lines. Both Texas and New Mexico Democrats have called for the removal of the razor wire fencing along the state borders.
This situation highlights the ongoing debate over immigration policies and border security measures in the region, with legal and constitutional concerns at the forefront of the discussion.
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