Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest effort at border security drew ironic blowback from Mexican officials concerned about territorial boundaries.
Throughout President Joe Biden’s administration, Republican governors have had to step up merely to get media coverage of the ever-worsening border crisis. Further shouldering responsibilities the federal government has shirked, Abbott’s Operation Lone Star began deployment of floating barriers on the Rio Grande to discourage illegal crossings, triggering the Mexican government.
Foreign Relations Secretary Alicia Bárcena, as yet unconfirmed by the Mexican Senate, sent a letter to the United States in June decrying the move and, according to the Associated Press, will be sending an inspection team to the Rio Grande to determine whether or not the barrier crosses into Mexican space.
“We are sending a mission, a territorial inspection to see where the buoys are located…to carry out this topographical survey to verify that they do not cross into Mexican territory,” she told reporters at a press conference. Officials are working under the suspicion that the barrier may violate 1944 and 1970 treaties if the buoys are in any way impeding the flow of water.
As previously reported, Abbott’s barrier was not only deployed to protect the sovereignty of the U.S. border but also to deter aliens from entering the country illegally via the waterway where many had drowned in past attempts. Those practical turns had garnered him outrage and at least one lawsuit as a company offering tours of the river argued business was being negatively impacted by the buoys.
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In addition to Bárcena’s take, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested during a press conference Monday that he could impact the outcome of elections in the United States, and thus would ultimately see the barriers removed.
“We don’t have to do much, just tell our compatriots not to vote for the governor of Texas or for lawmakers of the Republican Party who support these measures,” he told reporters.
Previously, the Mexican leader had made similar comments about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who had matched Abbott’s transporting of illegals to blue states to the chagrin of leftists everywhere.
“Hopefully Hispanics in Florida will wake up and not give him one single vote, to not vote for those who persecute migrants, those who don’t respect migrants,” he had said.
The concerted effort to maintain a porous border was joined by the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission, for which a spokesperson told the Texas Scorecard, “USIBWC has informed the Texas Department of Public Safety,” the agency responsible for the buoy installation, “of the need to submit information and apply for permits to place structures on USIBWC-controlled land (land owned by USIBWC or where the agency has the right of way or easements).”
“Additionally, USIBWC has informed Texas officials of the requirement to provide information about structures placed in the Rio Grand floodplain so USIBWC can review the structures for compliance with U.S.-Mexico treaties, in particular, whether the construction would obstruct or deflect Rio Grande flows,” the spokesperson added.
Meanwhile, an update from Abbott on Operation Lone Star highlighted the success “to fill the dangerous gaps created by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border. Every individual who is apprehended or arrested (roughly 400,000) and every ounce of drugs seized (an estimated 421 million lethal doses of fentanyl) would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Joe Biden’s open border policies.”
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