Abbott doubles down on border ‘invasion’ declaration


Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement on Wednesday asserting “Texas’ constitutional right to defend and protect itself as President Joe Biden continues to attack Texas and refuse to perform his duties to secure the border.”

"The Executive Branch of the United States has a constitutional duty to enforce federal laws protecting States, including immigration laws on the books right now," Abbott wrote.

The governor’s statement comes amid an all-time record of illegal immigrant enforcement encounters with over 300,000 last December alone, as well as his back and forth with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, whom Abbott called “pathetic” for listing “climate change” as one reason spurring mass migration to the U.S.

"President Biden has instructed his agencies to ignore federal statutes that mandate the detention of illegal immigrants. The failure of the Biden Administration to fulfill the duties imposed by Article IV, § 4 has triggered Article I, § 10, Clause 3, which reserves to this State the right of self-defense.”

Abbott went on to state that he “already declared an invasion,” which would allow him to “invoke Texas’ constitutional authority to defend and protect itself.”

“That authority is the supreme law of the land and supersedes any federal statutes to the contrary," the statement reads.

Abbott has declared that the Texas National Guard will continue to “hold the line” when it comes to the influx of illegal immigration.

It was revealed this week that the Texas National Guard has continued to build razor-wire barriers to secure the border, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent order vacating an appeals court’s injunction that blocked federal agents from cutting them down. The agents can continue to dismantle those barriers until the court reaches its final determination in the pending case between the state and federal governments over the barriers.

“Texas will not back down from our efforts to secure the border in Biden’s absence,” Abbott said.

The battle between Abbott’s and the federal government's approaches to illegal immigration  was plain in his statement Wednesday, which said outright that “President Biden has violated his oath to faithfully execute immigration laws enacted by Congress.”

“Instead of prosecuting immigrants for the federal crime of illegal entry, President Biden has sent his lawyers into federal courts to sue Texas for taking action to secure the border.”

The record number of border encounters was repeated by Abbott as being a reason for his recent actions to secure the border, including the busing program that he claims has now transported over 100,000 noncitizens to “sanctuary cities” across the U.S. Abbott also ordered the seizure of the City of Eagle Pass-owned Shelby Park, which borders the Rio Grande, in order to charge illegal immigrants crossing the river with criminal trespass and prevent U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents from entering.

“This illegal refusal to protect the States has inflicted unprecedented harm on the People all across the United States,” the statement reads.

“James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and the other visionaries who wrote the U.S. Constitution foresaw that States should not be left to the mercy of a lawless president who does nothing to stop external threats like cartels smuggling millions of illegal immigrants across the border.”

Invoking an “invasion” under the U.S. and Texas Constitutions is not a new idea. During the 2023 Texas regular legislative session, House Republicans proposed a plan in March to declare an invasion and create a state border protection unit, but the bill was stifled by a point of order during a floor session in May.

Before that session, localities in Texas took their own actions to bring attention to the border crisis; both the Tyler County Commissioners Court and Parker County Commissioners Court passed resolutions in summer 2022 declaring an “invasion” at the border. Other Texas border county officials at the time also called on Abbott to declare a state of emergency due to the “invasion."

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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