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Federal Judge orders the removal of the buoys in Rio Bravo.

The Buoys on the Border Between Mexico and the United States: A Controversial Migration Measure.  

The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has been implementing controversial tactics in recent years to curb illegal immigration across the border with Mexico. The most recent is the installation of hundreds of orange buoys in the Rio Grande, creating a water barrier of over 90 meters in strategic areas where migrants usually cross.

This unilateral action by the Republican governor has generated strong criticism from the Biden administration, who filed a lawsuit arguing that Texas installed an obstacle on the international border without permission. The federal government also expressed concern about the humanitarian and environmental impact of the barrier.

In a hearing this Wednesday, a federal judge ordered the state of Texas to remove the buoys before September 15, noting that they hinder the navigability of the Rio Grande. The ruling also prohibits the installation of any other structure without authorization.

Abbott argues that these extreme measures are necessary in the face of the federal government’s passivity to control what he considers an “invasion” on the southern border. However, official data shows that illegal crossings have decreased this year after new immigration restrictions took effect.

Beyond the specific case of the buoys, this episode highlights the struggle between the federal and Texan state governments around immigration policy. Abbott has deployed barbed wire, steel fences and authorized the arrest of immigrants for trespassing, actions denounced by civil rights groups.

Whatever the legal outcome of this controversy, it is clear that a coordinated approach between both levels of government is needed to comprehensively address the complex challenges on the southern border of the United States. As long as this does not happen, it is likely that we will continue to see unilateral measures that deepen political polarization around immigration.