Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), declared an “invasion at the southern border” on Tuesday. He indicated that he would take a series “unprecedented steps… to protect our state and country.”
What about the details?
Abbott sent a letter Monday to the Texas-Mexico border judges, in which he claimed that President Biden had abandoned his responsibility to enforce immigration laws. Congress refused to hold him accountable, and has given up its responsibility to use Article I, SS 8, of the U.S. Constitution. Constitution.”
The Republican governor invoked Article 4 Section 7 of Texas Constitution. This states that the governor “shall be able to summon the militia to execute laws of the State and suppress insurrections and repel invasions.”
Abbott said that he would use both his constitutional authority and other executive orders to:
“Deploy the National Guard in order to protect our border and to repel & return immigrants trying to cross illegally.”
“Deploy Texas Department of Public Safety to arrest and return border migrants who have crossed illegally, and deploy DPS to arrest illegal immigrants involved in criminal activity.”
“Build a wall along the border in multiple counties”
“Deploy gunboats to secure the border”
“Designate Mexican drug cartels terrorist organizations”
“Enter into a Compact with Other States to Secure the Border”
“Initiate agreements with foreign powers in order to improve border security”
“Provide resources to border counties in order to help them respond to the invasion.”
Abbott made the announcement via social media on Tuesday that he had invoked the Invasion Clauses in the U.S. Constitutions and Texas Constitutions to authorize Texas to take unprecedented steps to defend the state against invasion.
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This announcement was made just hours after Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, told the House Committee on Homeland Security the border was secure.
Fox News reported on Tuesday that FBI Director Christopher Wray presented a different picture than Mayorkas. He stated: “What I would tell you is that we see significant criminal threat coming from south of our border — whether that’s guns or drugs, violence, etc.”
Hopkins County is first
Citizens of Hopkins County, Texas, both preceded Abbott’s public, statewide declaration that he was invading Texas, and requested it.
KETK reported Monday that the Hopkins County Commissioners Court approved the declaration for a local state disaster.
According to the declaration, “Health, safety, and welfare of Hopkins County residents are at imminent risk of disaster due to the unprecedented levels illegal immigration, human trafficking, and drug smuggling crossing the U.S. Border from Mexico.”
According to the Hopkins County declaration, the “ongoing Texas immigration crisis at the Texas border is unacceptable” and that it has created a security risk and humanitarian catastrophe with devastating consequences for Hopkins County residents.
In fiscal year 2022, more than 2.76 million illegal aliens escaped from the United States’ southern border.
This year has seen 1,142 noncitizen criminals convicted for assault, 1,614 of driving under the influences, 62 convicted for homicide, 365 convicted sexually and many more convicted for other crimes.
In Hopkins County, the declaration asked that Abbott, as Commander-in-Chief, declare an invasion at Texas’ border with Mexico. Then, take the necessary steps to protect and preserve Texas’ sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Abbott did exactly that.