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Texas and Missouri urge 5th Circuit to lift stay on border-wall case

The Biden administration told the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday it has no policy against building barriers at the southwest border, refuting Texas’ and Missouri’s claims it is refusing to spend $2.7 billion Congress appropriated for that purpose. ... Read more»

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Texas law prohibiting social media companies from banning users over their viewpoints reinstated by appeals court

A panel on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday reinstated a Republican-backed Texas law that prohibits large social media companies from banning users over their political viewpoints.... Read more»

Texas National Guard guidance discouraging soldiers from saving drowning migrants draws scrutiny

The recent death of a National Guard soldier who drowned trying to save migrants has led to increased scrutiny of the Texas Military Department’s policy discouraging service members assigned to Operation Lone Star from engaging in water rescues.... Read more»

What did Greg Abbott’s border inspections turn up? Oil leaks, flat tires and zero drugs

Texas governor Greg Abbott ordered troopers to inspect every commercial truck coming from Mexico in an effort to stop illegal drugs and migrants - but troopers created a backlog and didn’t find any contraband as CBP already inspects commercial cargo.... Read more»

U.S. House panels probe election disinformation in Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas

The chairs of two U.S. House committees said Thursday they are asking election officials from Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas to detail what they are doing to “counter lies and conspiracy theories and protect the integrity of federal elections.” ... Read more»

Examining nearly two decades of taxpayer-funded border operations

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his successor, Gov. Greg Abbott, have persuaded the Texas Legislature to spend billions of dollars on border security measures - but the way the governors have tracked success has fluctuated over the years.... Read more»

Texas gov. ends inspections that clogged U.S.-Mexico border crossings for more than a week

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ended state troopers' increased inspections of commercial vehicles at international bridges that gridlocked commercial traffic throughout the Texas-Mexico border - but the impacts on businesses and supply chains are not over.... Read more»

Nogales sees border-crossing delays as trucks flee Texas logjam

Commercial truckers were coping with longer-than-normal delays at the Nogales border crossing Thursday, as trucks trying to escape a logjam at the Texas border headed west to Arizona instead. ... Read more»

Top U.S. border official says busing migrants out of Texas complicates federal officials’ jobs

The top U.S. Customs and Border Protection official criticized Gov. Greg Abbott’s controversial new plan to bus migrants to Washington, D.C., saying he isn’t properly communicating with the federal agency or border communities.... Read more»

Delays, closures & chaos mount at Texas-Mexico border crossings from new state inspections

Six days into the initiative ordering the Texas Department of Public Safety to increase inspections of commercial vehicles, commercial traffic at the Texas-Mexico border has dropped by 60% and it’s unclear how thoroughly the DPS is inspecting vehicles.... Read more»

International trade halted at Texas border crossings as truckers protest new inspections

Commercial traffic at a key Texas border crossing stopped after Mexican truckers blocked north- and southbound lanes on the Mexico side in protest of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to have state troopers inspect northbound commercial vehicles.... Read more»

Texas gov's call for more vehicle inspections at border is causing delays, supply chain issues

Commercial vehicles trying to enter the United States to deliver products from Mexico have been backed up for hours at Texas ports of entry following Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive that state troopers increase inspections.... Read more»

Homeless camping bans are spreading. This group shaped the bills.

As homeless camps have become increasingly visible, states and cities are attempting multiple solutions to help the homeless - but an increasing number of states are pushing the Cicero Institute’s model bill, the “Reducing Street Homelessness Act.”... Read more»

Texas gov. says state will send migrants to Washington, D.C., on charter buses

As federal officials brace for an increase of thousands more migrants at at an already busy southern border, Gov. Greg Abbott said that Texas will provide charter buses so migrants can be sent to Washington, D.C., where the Biden administration can better deal with them.... Read more»

Texas quietly using redistricting lawsuits to launch a broader war against federal voting rights law

Beyond the legal fight over Texas redistricting maps, another war is being waged against the Voting Rights Act that could constrict voting rights protections nationwide - and some Supreme Court justices have indicated agreement with arguments in a recent Arizona case.... Read more»

Problems with Texas law could foreshadow problems with Arizona’s early ballot voter ID proposal

A 1,300% increase in the number of absentee ballots that get rejected under a new voter ID law in Texas could provide a cautionary example for Arizonans in November when they decide whether to enact similar requirements for early voting.... Read more»

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