Texas Governor Greg Abbott (File photo)
Texas and the Biden administration are also engaged in a judicial standoff. The Justice Department accuses the governor of preventing the Federal Border Patrol from carrying out its mission by blocking its access to a key sector of the border with Mexico, which Texas authorities dispute.
A woman and two children drowned near Eagle Pass on Friday evening, while Texas authorities prevented the Border Patrol from providing assistance, White House spokesman Angelo said on Sunday. Fernandez Hernandez.
Although we are still establishing the facts about these tragic deaths, one thing is clear: Governor Abbott's political schemes are cruel, inhumane and dangerous. Federal Border Patrol must have access to the border to enforce our laws.
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A Texas Democrat elected to the House of Representatives, Henry Cuellar, also accused the Texas National Guard, which this week took exclusive control of a key sector near the border town of Eagle Pass , on the Rio Grande, for not having allowed access to the border police to rescue the migrants.
It's a tragedy, for which the State of Texas bears responsibility, he said in a statement Saturday.
Texas National Guard regulators said in a statement cited by U.S. media that they searched the Rio Grande for migrants on Friday evening with flashlights and night vision goggles after being tipped off by the Texas Border Patrol. x27;an emergency situation, but not having found one.
The National Guard then stopped its search after observing that Mexican authorities were responding to an incident on their bank of the river, according to the same source.
In December, a federal appeals court prohibited the Border Patrol from removing or dismantling the barbed wire installed by Texas near Eagle Pass to carry out its missions, unless an exception justified by a medical emergency.
The Texas National Guard continues its blockade and surveillance of Shelby Park in an effort to deter illegal immigration.
The Department of Justice appealed to the Supreme Court in early January to have this decision overturned.
But this week, the Texas National Guard began installing new barriers, effectively barring Border Patrol agents from accessing or approaching the border of the river along this 2.5-mile segment, Biden administration legal adviser Elizabeth Prelogar said Friday.
In its written response to the Supreme Court on Saturday, Texas acknowledges taking control of a municipal park in Eagle Pass for law enforcement and relief purposes, but he assures that he has not been aware until now of the current objections of the federal security services, and is working towards their rapid resolution.