Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas) urged Texas officials to disregard the recent Supreme Court decision that authorized the removal of barbed wire along the U.S.-Mexico border by the federal government.
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled by a vote of 5-4 that authorized the removal of barbed wire from the border wall, which had been installed by Texas law enforcement.
The government contended that the wire contravened their authority to effectively manage the border.
“They have a duty under the Constitution … and every other norm of leadership of any sovereign state, to protect your citizens, period, full stop. There is no exception to that. And if the Supreme Court wants to ignore that truth, which a slim majority did, Texas still had the duty, Texas leaders still have the duty, to defend their people.” Roy said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
An area frequented by migrants to enter the United States, Eagle Pass, Texas, was where the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety erected barbed wire and barriers earlier this month, thereby exacerbating the conflict.
The inability of Texas law enforcement to grant access to the area allegedly hindered the United States Border Patrol from rescuing a mother and two children who had perished in the Rio Grande.
Roy deemed the court’s opinion “reprehensible” and urged the state to disregard it in an online publication.