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Gov. Greg Abbott defends migrant tactics in Eagle Pass amid escalating legal battle with Biden administration

DPS tells visiting governors that efforts to deter migrants are effective and razor wire and buoy barriers “save lives.”

Flanked by Republican governors, Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to the press in Eagle Pass on Feb. 4, 2024.

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An escalating border standoff

Demonstrators descend on Eagle Pass

Micki Larson-Olson, 54, a retired Air Force Master from Abilene who spent 161 days in a D.C. jail on charges related to the January 6 riot in 2021, participates in the people’s convoy ahead of Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference, in downtown Eagle Pass on Feb. 04, 2024.
Community members and faith leaders speak in opposition to participants in the border convoy before Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference, at San Juan Plaza in Eagle Pass on Feb. 04, 2024.
Residents watch a media scrum form from their backyard overlooking Shelby Park ahead of Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference, in Eagle Pass on Feb. 04, 2024.

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