President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) sued Texas on Monday over a buoy barrier Republican Gov. Greg Abbott built in the Rio Grande River without federal approval.
As part of Operation Lone Star, Abbott installed nearly 1,000 feet of buoys in the Rio Grande on July 10 to deter migrants from crossing the border. The Rio Grande defines the Texas border but falls under the International Boundary and Water Commission’s jurisdiction because it marks the boundary between the United States and Mexico.
The lawsuit filed Monday comes after the DOJ threatened Abbott with legal action on Friday. Nearly 100 House Democrats on Friday urged Biden “to assert your authority over federal immigration policy and foreign relations and investigate and pursue legal action, as appropriate, related to stop Governor Abbott’s dangerous and cruel actions.”