Biden’s DOJ Attacks Republican Governor

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Friday, the Biden administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter to Texas interim state Attorney General Angela Colmenero (R), and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) informing them that they had three days to negotiate the removal of the buoys deployed along the Rio Grande River, or they would face legal action.

In the letter that was jointly written by Jamie Esparza, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, and Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim they point out that the deployment of these barriers is violating federal law and has also led to many humanitarian concerns while also causing possible risks to the environment and public safety. They further point out that the barriers could also inhibit the federal government’s ability to complete its official duties.

The federal attorneys specifically cited several provisions of the Rivers and Harbors Act that the buoys are violated. As they point out it is illegal to construct any obstructions in the United States navigable waters without having the permission of the Army Corps of Engineers. This is an approval that Texas never obtained.

They proceeded to point out that as the proper authorization was not received, they are in violation of the act, while also potentially risking public safety in the area. This is why they are demanding the immediate removal of all obstructions and structures that had been installed in the Rio Grande River.

Many GOP-led border states have been in conflict with the Biden administration over the administration policy followed, claiming that as the federal administration has failed to protect the border they have had to take matters into their own hands.

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