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Texas Sues Biden Admin Over Halt In Border Wall

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration, claiming the president is illegally preventing the construction of a wall on the Texas-Mexico border. Bush announced the lawsuit Wednesday, saying his office is suing Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “on grounds that (the Biden administration) is illegally …

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Texas Paper Roasts Gov’s “Half-Baked GoFundMe” Wall

From the editorial board of the Austin Statesman: No doubt Abbott is playing politics with his ludicrous gambit for Texas to build its own border wall, a half-baked, Go-Fund-Me effort that should make all Texans cringe. Still, Abbott’s acts of political theater at the border, advancing his 2022 reelection bid and possible White House aspirations, have costly implications. Although he …

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TX To Provide $250M “Down Payment” On Border Wall

Houston’s ABC News affiliate reports: Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday began announcing details of his plan for Texas to build its own border wall, starting the hiring process for a program manager and providing $250 million in state funds as a “down payment.” “Texas will build a border wall in our state to help secure our border,” Abbott said. The …

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LIVE VIDEO: Texas Gov Unveils Plan For Border Wall

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott is scheduled to deliver remarks at 3 p.m. Central at the state Capitol detailing his plans to build a border wall. Last week, Abbott hinted during a self-styled border summit in Del Rio that he would create a border barrier to stem the flow of immigrants and illegal drugs into the state, but …

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Texas Governor To Launch Crowdfund For Border Wall

The Texas Tribune reports: When Gov. Greg Abbott announced last week that Texas would build its own border wall, one of the immediate questions was who would pay for it. Abbott has not fully detailed the plan yet, but he said in a podcast interview released Tuesday that the state will be soliciting donations from across the country to help …

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Texas Gov: I’m Going To Build My Own Border Wall

Dallas’s CBS News affiliate reports: During a summit on Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott said he will announce plans next week for Texas to begin building a wall along the southern border. “I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall in the state of Texas,” Abbott said. Details such as costs …

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Pentagon Cancels Trump’s Border Wall Projects

Bloomberg News reports: The Pentagon said Friday it had canceled projects related to Donald Trump’s border wall and was returning money the former president directed to the project from defense programs. “The Department of Defense is proceeding with canceling all border barrier construction projects paid for with funds originally intended for other military missions and functions such as schools for …

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Migrants Scale Trump’s $15B Wall With $5 Ladders

Changing America reports: The $15 billion border wall built under former President Trump is being scaled by people using $5 ladders, according to Texas Monthly. The report cites U.S. Border Patrol agents, who monitor the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that crosses into southern Texas, who stated they often find ladders left behind by undocumented migrants who use them to …

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Cawthorn Bill Would Make Border Wall Natl “Donument”

USA Today reports: Rep. Madison Cawthorn has proposed a fresh alternative for the unfinished U.S.-Mexico border wall championed by former President Donald Trump: turn it into a national monument. “For four years President Trump worked to secure the southern border of the United States by constructing a wall in places where there was little to no fencing,” Cawthorn said in …

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Biden Rescinds Trump Order On Border Wall Funding

Axios reports: President Biden informed Congress on Thursday that he has terminated the national emergency over the U.S.-Mexico border that former President Trump first declared in Feb. 2019. Why it matters: Trump used the national emergency proclamation to divert billions of dollars in Pentagon funds toward building a border wall, after it became clear that Congress was opposed to additional …

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Bannon May Face Fraud Charges From Manhattan DA

The New York Times reports: Stephen K. Bannon, who received a last-minute pardon from former President Donald J. Trump after being indicted on federal charges of defrauding donors to a border wall, may yet face state charges in connection with the same scheme. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has begun investigating Mr. Bannon’s role in the fund-raising project for the …

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DOJ To SCOTUS: Cancel Arguments In Border Wall Suit

The Associated Press reports: The Justice Department asked the justices Monday to cancel arguments on Feb. 22 in a case over President Donald Trump’s decision to divert billions of dollars in taxpayer money to construction of portions of a wall along the border with Mexico. The new administration made a similar request for arguments set for a week later over …

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Biden Signs Executive Orders Reversing Trump’s Actions On Border Wall, Muslim Travel Ban, And Paris Accord

CNN reports: “There’s no time to start like today,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office as he began signing a stack of orders and memoranda. “I’m going to start by keeping the promises I made to the American people.” With the stroke of a pen, Biden has halted funding for the construction of Trump’s border wall, reversed his travel …

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Appeals Court Halts Work On Trump’s Border Wall

The Texas Tribune reports: A federal appeals court ruled late Friday that President Donald Trump’s use of his emergency powers to build his long-promised border wall with military funds is illegal, striking a blow to one of his signature campaign promises just weeks before the November election. The 2-1 decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes as …

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Trump Loses Appeals Court Battle On Wall Funding

Reuters reports: A federal appeals court handed a win to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, saying the Democratic-led chamber could proceed with a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s diversion of funds to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Reversing a lower court judge, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in a 3-0 …

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Engineers: Private Border Wall Will Likely Fall Into River

ProPublica reports: It’s not a matter of if a privately built border fence along the shores of the Rio Grande will fail, it’s a matter of when, according to a new engineering report on the troubled project. The report is one of two new studies set to be filed in federal court this week that found numerous deficiencies in the …

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Bannon Trial Set For May 2021 In Border Wall Scam

The Guardian reports: Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and three co-defendants are scheduled to stand trial in May over charges that they scammed hundreds of thousands of donors into contributing to a fundraising campaign purportedly to build a private U.S.-Mexico border wall. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan on Monday announced a May 24 start date for …

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Feds Threaten Alleged Wall Scammer With Gag Order

Just like Roger Stone, he won’t shut up: Federal prosecutors are urging a recently indicted border-security advocate to clam up or face the possibility of a gag order limiting his ability to speak out publicly about the criminal case he is facing. Lawyers from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan wrote to a federal judge Friday to ask her to …

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Ex-DHS Official: Trump Wanted To Shoot Approaching Migrants, Wanted Wall Spikes That Would “Pierce Flesh”

“He wanted to maim them and tear-gas them and shoot them. And I’m not even being hyperbolic. So we sat in a meeting one time where he was talking about how he wanted us to design the border wall. “And one day the focus was on the spikes, and he was really upset because from the pictures we were showing …

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Court: Steve Bannon Can Stay On Yacht Due To COVID

The New York Daily News reports: Steve Bannon may be facing years behind bars but at least he can do his next court appearance in his swim trunks. The right-wing flame-thrower got permission to appear via video next Monday for a Manhattan hearing on charges that he scammed donors who gave millions to a charity claiming to build a stretch …

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