WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Division of Justice intends to take authorized motion over floating boundaries put in by the state of Texas within the Rio Grande River that blocks migrants crossing from Mexico, in accordance with a DOJ letter to high Texas officers.

The letter despatched on Thursday to Republican Governor Greg Abbott and Texas’ interim legal professional common, mentioned massive plastic buoys put in earlier this month close to town of Eagle Cross illegally hinder navigation on the river.

“The State of Texas’s actions violate federal regulation, elevate humanitarian considerations, current critical dangers to public security and the setting, and should intrude with the federal authorities’s means to hold out its official duties,” reads the letter from Jaime Esparza, the U.S. legal professional for the Western District of Texas, which was reviewed by Reuters.

Abbott has taken steps in recent times to discourage migrants from illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border underneath an initiative dubbed Operation Lone Star, together with the deployment of 1000’s of Nationwide Guard troops and a marketing campaign to bus migrants to Democratic cities additional north.

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Abbott’s operation has been scrutinized this week after an inner trooper e mail surfaced alleging that Texas authorities had been ordered to push migrant kids again into the Rio Grande and to disclaim water to migrants in excessive warmth. The letter additionally alleged that barbed wire positioned alongside the border lacerated folks making an attempt to cross.

In response to the Justice Division’s authorized warning, Abbott tweeted on Friday that Texas has the “sovereign authority” to defend its border with Mexico, blaming Democratic President Joe Biden’s insurance policies for the file variety of migrants caught crossing in recent times.

“We’ll proceed to deploy each technique to guard Texans and People — and the migrants risking their lives,” Abbott wrote. “We’ll see you in courtroom, Mr. President.”

(Reporting by Ted Hesson in Washington; Modifying by Mica Rosenberg and Aurora Ellis)

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