Posted on December 4, 2023

Rio Grande Buoys Installed by Texas Ordered to Be Removed as Overwhelmed Arizona Border Crossing Closes

Brie Stimson, Fox News, December 1, 2023

Texas must remove 1,000 feet of floating barrier along the Rio Grande meant to keep migrants from illegally crossing near Eagle Pass, a U.S. appeals court ruled Friday.

The decision came as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Lukeville, Arizona, southwest of Tucson, decided to close its port of entry after being overwhelmed by migrants coming into the state.

The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ 2-1 Texas decision, in which it upheld a federal judge’s ruling, was seen as a win for the Biden administration.


Texas Gov. Greg Abott called Friday’s decision “clearly wrong.”


He added that they would go to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary to “protect Texas from Biden’s open borders.”


In Arizona, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it is “surging all available resources to expeditiously and safely process migrants” in Lukeville and will “continue to prioritize our border security mission as necessary in response to this evolving situation.”

The temporary border closure is expected to start on Monday so officials can process migrants who have already crossed through the port of entry as it has become a major migration route in recent months.