Justice Department tells Texas that floating barrier on Rio Grande raises humanitarian concerns


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department has told Texas that a floating barrier of wrecking ball-sized buoys the state put on the Rio Grande violates federal law and raises humanitarian concerns for migrants crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

President Joe Biden's administration told Republican Gov. Greg Abbott that the barrier installed this month near the border town of Eagle Pass, Texas, was "unlawful" in a letter dated Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press.

"The floating barrier poses a risk to navigation, as well as public safety, in the Rio Grande River, and it presents...

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