Supreme Court says US border agents can remove Texas razor wire

The 5-4 ruling is a win for the Biden administration in its broader fight over border authority with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

U.S. Border Patrol agent helps young girl through Texas razor wire
U.S. Border Patrol agent helps young girl through Texas razor wire
(Image credit: John Moore / Getty Images)

The Supreme Court on Monday sided with the Biden administration against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), handing down a 5-4 decision granting U.S. Border Patrol agents permission to remove or cut Texas concertina wire to access the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The ruling, which vacates an injunction from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, tackles just one issue in Abbott's increasingly aggressive effort to militarize the border, but it also "effectively upholds longstanding court rulings that the Constitution gives the federal government sole responsibility for border security," The Texas Tribune reported. 

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