Tensions are growing between the federal government and Texas as the Lone Star State defies a Supreme Court order and continues adding razor wire along its border. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Biden administration and allowed officials to tear down wire installations along the Rio Grande, but Texas has responded by adding more. The Texas Military Department tweeted, “We remain resolute in our actions to secure our border, preserve the rule of law, and protect the sovereignty of our State.”
The 5-4 Supreme Court ruling came after the Texas National Guard erected wire fencing along the border and refused to allow Border Patrol officers to dismantle it. The Department of Homeland Security blamed Texas when three migrants died near Rio Grande, and Border Patrol agents said they were unable to rescue them due to National Guard restrictions. White House spokesman Angelo Fernández Hernández condemned the Lone Star State for the deaths, but the Texas Military Department denied any wrongdoing, saying White House comments were “wholly inaccurate.”
The row has prompted some commentators to warn of an emerging “civil war” in the United States. Democrat Texas Representative Joaquin Castro has called on the Biden administration to federalize the Texas National Guard, while politicians and commentators warn Americans that the battle could have far-reaching consequences.
Conservative online influencer Terrence Williams told his 1.7 million followers that “Civil war is coming,” and fellow commentator Carmine Sabia agreed. She tweeted, “Joe Biden is about to start a Civil War over his treasonous handling of the border.”
Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene said the Supreme Court has “put the federal government at war with Texas,” while Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said “conflict” was brewing. Stitt stated Oklahoma stands with Texas, and Florida’s Ron DeSantis said Governor Abbott is obeying the law, while President Biden breaks it. The Governors of Georgia, South Dakota, Virginia, and Montana have also expressed their support for Mr. Abbott.