WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court docket to permit Border Patrol brokers to chop razor wire that Texas installed on the U.S.-Mexico border, whereas a lawsuit over the wire continues.

The Justice Division filed an emergency attraction Tuesday, asking the justices to placed on maintain final month’s appellate ruling in favor of Texas, which pressured federal brokers to cease chopping the concertina wire the state has put in alongside roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) of the Rio Grande close to the border metropolis of Eagle Cross. Large numbers of migrants have crossed there in current months.

The courtroom case pitting Republican-led Texas towards Democratic President Joe Biden‘s administration is a part of a broader struggle over immigration enforcement. The state additionally has put in razor wire round El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley, the place migrants have crossed in excessive numbers. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott additionally has approved putting in floating barriers in the Rio Grande close to Eagle Cross and allowed troopers to arrest and jail thousands of migrants on trespassing prices.

In courtroom papers, the administration mentioned the wire impedes Border Patrol brokers from reaching migrants as they cross the river and that, in any case, federal immigration regulation trumps Texas’ personal efforts to stem the move of migrants into the nation.

Texas officers have argued that federal brokers lower the wire to assist teams crossing illegally by way of the river earlier than taking them in for processing.

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