The judge gave Texas until Sept. 15 to move the barrier to shore and barred the state from placing any additional buoys or other structures in the river. Gov. Greg Abbott plans to appeal the ruling.
Mexico has sent a diplomatic note to the U.S. expressing concern that barriers on the river may violate treaties on boundaries and water. Mexico has already asked that the barriers be removed.
Jason Owens, the head of a busy Border Patrol sector in Del Rio, Texas, will lead the agency, the Biden administration announced. His predecessor is retiring at the end of the month.
In Brownsville, Texas, two Mexican restaurants are pushing the envelope of what a corn tortilla can envelop, and an award-winning cafe cooks barbacoa the old-fashioned way.
The privately built border wall in Texas teeters on the banks of the Rio Grande with serious erosion problems. The contractor was awarded more than $2 billion in official wall contracts.
Landowners, bankers, city officials and a congressman are all trying to keep the wall from coming and destroying the 265-year-old city's historic downtown.
The Trump administration has accelerated some efforts to build the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the president is using the pandemic to justify his push for it.
Because of worries about flooding, the border wall is often built as much as a mile north of the Rio Grande, leaving thousands of isolated acres between the water and the wall.
The costs keep piling up for Trump's border wall which has a current pricetag of $11 billion — nearly $20 million per mile. It's more expensive than any other wall under construction in the world.
Construction of the Trump administration's border wall has been slowed by difficulties acquiring private land, so the government is prioritizing construction inside federal nature sanctuaries.