In the latest effort by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to secure his southern border, he installed a floating barrier across the Rio Grande river bordering Mexico which has Mexican officials worried about territorial boundaries.
Under President Biden’s leadership, the southern border has been overrun with illegal immigrants crossing the border leaving many Republican Governors scrambling to secure the border on their own in an attempt to secure their states. Abbott has now decided to install floating barriers across the Rio Grande river to dissuade immigrants from crossing the dangerous river under Operation Lone Star.
Foreign Relations Secretary Alicia Bárcena has formally sent a letter to the United States with concerns of the border crossing into Mexican territory and will send an inspection team to provide an analysis.
“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,” the foreign secretary said during a press conference. The inspection would make sure the 1944 and 1970 treaties are not violated by impeding the flow of water in any way.
Abbott has previously stated that a large part of the deployment of floating barriers was to deter illegal immigrants from crossing mainly because of how dangerous it is to cross the river as many people drowned while trying to cross.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador doesn’t approve of the barriers and demonstrated just how he felt about the entire Republican party in America. “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 said.
Obrador also made his feelings known about Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis when he insisted, “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.”
Gov. Abbott issued an update to Operation Lone Star claiming it has been a major success by filling “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.”