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Preliminary Injunction: Texas Must Remove Rio Grande Buoy Barrier

September 06, 2023 (1 min read)

USA v. Abbott

"Having considered the parties’ arguments, including those in writing, the evidence presented, and the relevant law, the Court GRANTS the United States’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction for the reasons that follow. ... IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. Defendants and anyone working on their behalf are enjoined and hereby prohibited from building new or placing additional buoys, blockades, or structures of any kind in the Rio Grande River pending final judgement in this matter. 2. Defendants shall, by September 15, 2023, reposition, at Defendants’ expense, and in coordination with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, all buoys, anchors, and other related materials composing the floating barrier placed by Texas in the Rio Grande in the vicinity of Eagle Pass, Texas to the bank of the Rio Grande on the Texas side of the river. 3. Absent modification by the Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, or the Supreme Court, this Order preliminarily enjoining the above activities shall remain in effect until a final judgment on the merits is entered in this matter."