Paxton Calls on Court to Force Border Wall Construction

Unfinished southern border wall. | Image from statesman

On December 21, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt submitted a motion for a preliminary injunction on President Joe Biden’s order halting construction of the southern border wall.

The attorneys general have filed the motion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, requesting the federal court order the Biden administration to resume building the barrier, a project begun by Former President Donald Trump.

This motion from the State of Texas and State of Missouri is a follow-on pleading to the initial border wall lawsuit Paxton filed on the same basis in October. In the suit, the attorney general requested that the Biden administration resume border wall construction.

This lawsuit asserts that the Biden administration violated federal law when it barred the Department of Homeland Security from spending the money that Congress had allocated towards constructing a border wall.

Not long after the suit was first filed, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the federal funding for the wall would be used to address environmental and safety concerns at the border.

“The Biden Administration, again and again, refuses to aid Texans battling the border crisis every day,” Attorney General Paxton stated. “Their response to this crisis is irresponsible, inhumane, and inexcusable. It is time for them to quit hiding behind red tape and help Americans in need. This congressionally-approved border wall will help law enforcement along the border and restore order to our state. A physical wall is essential for border security, and I am demanding that President Biden do his part to keep Texas and America safe.”

The motion also comes after Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas has begun the undertaking of building its own border wall in Rio Grande City, using state funds.

The complaint can be read here, the preliminary injunction motion here, and the reply backing the motion here.

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  1. John Bloechl


  2. Randy joe Belcher

    Attorney general Ken Paxton and other governors in different states know that this country is in trouble from immigration and that wall is the only way to slow it down you want to see for people can’t afford homes where people can’t afford the necessities of life because of the poor immigration policies Joe Biden has put into order needs to be stopped so this border wall must be finished and the immigration crisis must be addressed and handled properly maybe by each state except to California they’re not going to do nothing in the Mexico I think that they need to be boycotted but that judge when he reads this needs to let the border wall continue to be built so it can be completed there’s the only way that we’re going to slow this immigration crisis down this is just my opinion


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