Appeals court allows Texas buoy barrier to stay in place for now

By Jen Krausz on
 September 11, 2023

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that a buoy barrier installed in the Rio Grande by the state of Texas could remain there for now as a lawsuit against it was heard.

The ruling came one day after a lower court judge determined that the barrier must be removed.

Texas put the buoy in place in July to prevent illegal immigration in the area, prompting the lawsuit and protests from the Mexican government.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) vowed to fight for the buoy all the way to the Supreme Court.

"Don't think the Travis Co. Court will be the end of it," Abbott said at the time. "This is going to the Supreme Court. Texas has a constitutional right to secure our border."

Lower court Judge David Ezra had ordered the buoys removed by Sept. 15, saying that they were a threat to the safety of illegal immigrants and to U.S. relations with the Mexican government.