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Justice Department Sues Texas Over Installation of Anti-Migrant Barriers in the Rio Grande

Anna Hickey
Wednesday, July 26, 2023, 11:00 AM
The Department of Justice filed a civil suit over Gov. Abbott’s refusal to remove floating buoys in the Eagle Pass region of the Rio Grande.

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On July 24, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) for building floating barriers in the Rio Grande without consulting or seeking approval from the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The civil suit states that Abbott is in violation of the Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act of 1899 for building these structures in navigable waters without approval. 

The Justice Department is requesting that Texas “remove all structures and obstructions, including a floating barrier and all infrastructure related to the floating barrier.” Abbott responded in a letter

Texas will see you in court, Mr. President.

Read the suit here or below:

Anna Hickey is the associate editor for communications of Lawfare. She holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies: communications, legal studies, economics, and government with a minor in international studies from American University.

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