This past July, Texas Governor Greg Abbott had a water barrier installed in the Rio Grande River to prevent illegal immigrants from entering Texas from Mexico. After months of debate, concern, and criticism, Governor Abbott was dealt a crushing blow and ordered to remove the barrier.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals declared the water barrier had to be removed on December 1. According to Texas Public Radio, the court ruled 2 to 1 to remove the water barrier.
The Court ruled the barrier had to be removed from the international river because it blocked navigation and posed a threat to public safety.
Trump appointed Judge Don Willett in his dissenting opinion wrote according to The Hill:
“Without sufficient evidence of past use or susceptibility to use in commerce along this 1,000-foot Rio Grande segment, there can be no finding of historical navigability.”
Representative Joaquin Castro (D - San Antonio) expressed disapproval of the water barrier after it was installed. While seeing the barrier up close, he said according to Spectrum Local News:
“It’s barbaric. They’re basically treating these asylum seekers, these human beings like animals. You see the razor wire here, and you see right over there those barrel traps that have concertina wire on them. You see clothing of people, including kids – it’s stuck to the wire, literally stuck to the razor wire.”
After the recent ruling, Castro said on X, which was formerly Twitter:
"I applaud the Justice Department for today’s hard-fought victory in the conservative Fifth Circuit and look forward to seeing these death traps removed from the Rio Grande."
Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was angry over the installation of the water barrier this summer after it was installed.
The court is giving Texas 10 days to remove the barrier.
According to the Department of Public Safety removing the barrier could cost approximately $300,000.
Do you think the water barrier should be removed?