Texas AG defies Biden administration's border access demand
Texas' attorney general is refusing to comply with Biden administration demands to stop blocking U.S. Border Patrol agents from accessing a public park along the southern border.
Why it matters: The Department of Homeland Security in a "cease-and-desist" letter said Texas officials had until the end of Wednesday to enable federal access to a site where three migrants drowned last week or it would "refer the matter to the Department of Justice for appropriate action."
- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's refusal to comply with the request sets the stage for another courtroom clash on immigration with the Biden administration — which has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to permit Border Patrol agents to cut razor wire at the border that state officials constructed to prevent migrant crossings.
The big picture: The DHS request concerns access to the border over a roughly 2.5-mile stretch of the Rio Grande in the Shelby Park area where a woman and two children drowned — and where Texas has restricted Border Patrol agents from processing and aiding migrants.
What they're saying: Paxton wrote in response on Wednesday that because "the facts and law side with Texas, the State will continue utilizing its constitutional authority to defend her territory, and I will continue defending those lawful efforts in court."
- Representatives for the DHS and DOJ did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.