The Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal agents can remove razor wire that was recently put up by the state of Texas to deter illegal border crossings from Mexico.
Two conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, voted against Texas and American border sovereignty, according to The New York Times.
Roberts and Barrett sided with the court’s liberals, Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ketanji Brown Jackson. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh dissented.
The 5-4 decision means federal authorities can remove roughly 30 miles of razor wire installed along the Rio Grande while the Supreme Court considers Texas’ case against the Biden administration.
A federal appeals court had previously blocked the administration from cutting the wire in most cases.
The razor wire was put in place to help Texas control its border with Mexico, which has been inundated by record numbers of illegal crossers.
The Biden administration argued the barrier endangered people entering the country illegally, while Texas said federal officials had cut through the wire at least 20 times simply to facilitate illegal border crossings.
Andrew Mahaleris, a spokesman for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, said in a statement that “the absence of razor wire and other deterrence strategies encourages migrants to make unsafe and illegal crossings between ports of entry.”
“This case is ongoing, and Governor Abbott will continue fighting to defend Texas’ property and its constitutional authority to secure the border,” Mahaleris added.
Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin obtained a statement from the Border Patrol Union about the court’s decision.
“The Supreme Court’s decision today is going to undoubtedly encourage more illegal immigration,” the union said.
“The administration no doubt will say this is a win for border security, but if they sought rank and file input, they would be told this will do the exact opposite. Agents support what Texas was trying to accomplish in the absence of true border security policies from this administration.”
Numerous congressional Republicans blasted the decision online:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also criticized the ruling, commenting, “What an upside down world.”