Rio Grande buoy barrier legal case : Stone Garrett, Governor Greg Abbott, Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra, and expert witnesses Patrick K. Sweeten, Joseph Shelnutt, Hillary Quam, and Loren Flossman testified in this case.
In connection with placing a buoy barrier in the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The barrier, created as part of Abbott’s Operation Lone Star to stop unauthorized immigration, may be removed during the litigation. To prevent undocumented immigration, this wall was created.
The case’s initial meeting allowed both sides to present their expert witnesses. Conclusion arguments must be written and submitted by Friday afternoon.
The case is in a U.S. district court. The hearing focuses on the Rio Grande buoy barrier in Eagle Pass, Texas.
Governor Abbott’s use the buoy barrier during Operation Lone Star without U.S. Army Corps of Engineers clearance raises questions. Abbott said he protected Texas against illegal immigration and drug trafficking legally. According to the Justice Department, the Corps of Engineers must authorize transportation projects built in U.S. waters. Abbott claims he did everything legal to protect Texas from illegal immigration and drug trafficking. The Justice Department claims these buildings need Corps of Engineers approval.
Interpreting the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 will determine the case’s outcome. This 1899 statute requires the Corps of Engineers to allow constructions in U.S. rivers for transportation. The witnesses disagreed on crossing the buoy barrier-changed Rio Grande River.
According to the Department of Justice, the buoy barrier is escalating US-Mexico diplomatic relations. This could influence bilateral discussions and other activities. Governor Abbott’s lawyers refute the charges and doubt the International Boundary and Water Commission’s buoy placement.
Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra said his courtroom is fair and intends to determine soon whether to remove the buoy barrier during the case. Ezra also indicated he will decide whether to expedite the litigation. Abbott oversees plan Lone Star, a border defense concept that includes the buoy barrier. Due to its techniques and potential human rights violations, Operation Lone Star has been condemned and challenged in court.