Court Requires Texas To Remove River Buoys Helping Stop Border Crossers

A federal appeals court has ordered the state of Texas to remove buoys that were installed in the Rio Grande River in an attempt to deter illegal border crossers.

In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Lone Star State’s request to overrule a federal district judge, who ordered the removal of the barriers in September.

Biden appointee Judge Dana Douglas wrote in the panel’s opinion that the district judge had appropriately “considered the threat to navigation and federal government operations on the Rio Grande, as well as the potential threat to human life the floating barrier created.”

Abbott said the circuit court’s decision was “completely wrong” and that together with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, he would seek an immediate en banc hearing.