Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Tuesday for halting the construction of a border wall that began during the Trump administration.
“The [Constitution] strictly instructs the president to faithfully execute the laws that the Congress passes,” Bush said in a Wednesday press conference near the southern border. “The president has really only two choices: Either follow the law, or see your day in court.”
The Bush lawsuit asks a judge to invalidate President Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day executive order pausing all new border wall construction. The costly construction project was a campaign promise for former President Donald Trump, who ran on a strict immigration platform centered on deterring unauthorized border-crossing. Since the project began, the Trump administration claimed to have completed over 400 miles of border wall, though only 80 miles of new barriers have been built where there were none before. The project was cut off within hours of Biden taking office after the new President called it a “waste of money.”
Bush argues President Joe Biden overstepped his authority by unilaterally terminating the project for which Congress had already appropriated $5 billion.
“This lawsuit is not about whether border walls are effective. It is about whether a President may unilaterally override these duly enacted appropriations bills to fulfill a campaign promise,” the lawsuit says.
The border issue is shaping up to be a prominent theme among candidates preparing to run for public office in 2022. Earlier this year, Bush announced his entry into the 2022 race against fellow Republican Ken Paxton for attorney general. Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott has announced plans to build a border along the Texas-Mexico border, which is set to receive state funding along with public donations.