Texas National Guard lays barbed wire at border as Migrant Surge emerges

Members of the Texas National Guard are laying barbed wire along a section of the U.S.-Mexico border in preparation for a possible migrant surge if a controversial immigration injunction is lifted.

Bill Melugin, a Fox News national correspondent, shared a Video on Twitter Tuesday showed where the Texas National Guard had laid barbed wire and set up a line of Humvees, or High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, on the banks of the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas.

Earlier this month, Melugin shared another video showing what he believes were the hundreds of migrants who had entered El Paso illegally.

The Texas National Guard deployed equipment and more than 400 personnel to El Paso this week as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s “enhanced border security effort.”

The deployment came just before the Title 42 immigration rule was due to expire on Dec. 21, although Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts introduced a temporary stay on Monday that will prevent it from being overturned, at least for now.

In 2020, former President Donald Trump’s administration introduced Title 42, allowing authorities to expel migrants over concerns about a COVID-19 pandemic.

A federal judge struck down Title 42 last month, calling it “arbitrary and capricious,” but put his termination on hold until Dec. 21, CNN reported. On Friday, a federal appeals court upheld plans for the December 21 end of Title 42.

The Texas National Guard prepares for migrants
Texas National Guard officers are pictured December 20 on the banks of the Rio Grande River in El Paso, Texas. In the inset, Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference October 17 in Beaumont, Texas. The Texas National Guard this week deployed equipment and more than 400 personnel to El Paso as part of Abbott’s “enhanced border security efforts.”
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Robert’s temporary stay was in response to a Republican-led 911 call.

President Joe Biden’s administration, which has been working to end the immigration order, has been given until Tuesday night to file a response. It remains unclear at this time how long Title 42 will remain in effect, as Roberts could decide to refer the case to the full Supreme Court.

Abbott and other Republican officials, and even some Democrats, have objected to the Biden administration’s efforts to repeal Title 42. The Texas governor celebrated the temporary stay on Twitter Monday.

“Texas and other states are insisting that the court allow Title 42 to stand,” Abbott said tweeted. “Today’s order is a step in that direction. It helps prevent illegal immigration.”

Meanwhile, the temporary suspension of Title 42 doesn’t appear to affect Texas’ work to strengthen border security.

This was announced by the Texas Department of Defense’s Office of Public Affairs news week that Texas National Guard troops had laid more than a half-mile of concertina wire at the border in the El Paso area Tuesday noon after the additional personnel arrived Monday.

The Texas National Guard is working to improve its posture along the border in the face of the “high number of illegal border crossings” over the past week, and so far the mission of the additional Texas National Guard members in El Paso has not changed. according to office.

https://www.newsweek.com/texas-national-guard-lays-razor-wire-border-migrant-surge-looms-1768578 Texas National Guard lays barbed wire at border as Migrant Surge emerges

Rick Schindler

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