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Standoff at the border heads to court

Gov. Abbott is refusing to remove buoys from the Rio Grande that the Justice Department says are illegal. So the Department of Justicie is suing.


Workers take a break from deploying large buoys to be used as a border barrier in the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas.


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The standoff between Gov. Greg Abbott and the U.S. Department of Justice over inflatable buoys along a stretch of the Rio Grande is headed to court.

The DOJ is suing the governor and the state of Texas for Abbott's refusal to remove the buoys, which the Biden administration says is illegal. The governor doesn't see it that way. It’s just the latest in a number of recent developments along the border.

In the audio above, we learn more from Ben Wermund, the Washington correspondent for the Houston Chronicle. He's been keeping tabs on the effect of Abbott's border tactics and the response in D.C.

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Michael Hagerty

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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