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Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Statement on Preliminary Injunction Ruling in U.S. v. Abbott et al.

For Immediate Release
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The Justice Department’s Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta made the following statement following a federal judge’s ruling on a motion for preliminary injunction by the Justice Department in the case U.S. v. Abbott et al.

“Today, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction requiring Texas to remove its floating barrier from the middle of the Rio Grande and prohibiting Texas from constructing new barriers in the river.  We are pleased that the court ruled that the barrier was unlawful and irreparably harms diplomatic relations, public safety, navigation, and the operations of federal agency officials in and around the Rio Grande.”

Updated April 3, 2024

Press Release Number: 23-974