The Justice Department is suing the state of Texas as Gov. Greg Abbott refuses to remove floating barriers his administration constructed in the Rio Grande. Abbott has argued the barriers are intended to deter migrants from crossing into Texas from Mexico, but his measures have disrupted US Border Patrol operations and put migrants at risk of drowning. In the lawsuit, the DOJ specifically alleges that Texas and Abbott, a Republican, violated the Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act by building a structure in US water without permission from the US Army Corps of Engineers. However, Abbott is pushing back defiantly, saying in a Fox News interview on Monday that he plans to “take this lawsuit all the way to the United States Supreme Court.”

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