Red state governors support Abbott on border security

The fallout of Gov. Greg Abbott’s statement on Texas' “constitutional right” to defend itself from illegal immigration has prompted reactions across the political landscape, including Republican governors voicing their support for Texas’ border policies.

“The federal government has broken the compact between the United States and the States,” Abbott stated Wednesday. 

"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," he said. "President Biden has instructed his agencies to ignore federal statutes that mandate the detention of illegal immigrants.”

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

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a recent order that vacated an appeals court injunction blocking federal agents from cutting down razor-wire barriers. The order now allows the federal government to step in and dismantle barriers but does not prevent Abbott from building them, which he has continued to do.

Former Texas congressman and gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke pointed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s federalization of the Arkansas National Guard in 1957 to ensure black students could enter a newly racially integrated Little Rock Central High School: “Biden must follow this example of bold decisive leadership to end this crisis before it gets worse.”

Democratic Texas Congressmen Joaquin Castro and Greg Casar suggested that the Biden administration take control of the Texas National Guard.

“Governor Greg Abbott is using the Texas National Guard to obstruct and create chaos at the border,” Castro said. “If Abbott is defying yesterday's Supreme Court ruling, President Biden needs to establish sole federal control of the Texas National Guard now.”

Casar echoed Castro’s sentiment, saying that “if Abbott is defying yesterday's Supreme Court ruling, President Biden needs to establish sole federal control of the Texas National Guard.”

Despite the rhetoric coming from Texas Democratic lawmakers, a plethora of Republican governors from other states have come out in support of Abbott’s actions.

Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, Glenn Youngkin of Virginia, and Brian Kemp of Georgia are just a few of the red-state leaders to voice their support for Abbott.

In total, 25 Republican governors signed a joint statement in support of Abbott’s actions on the border.

“We stand in solidarity with our fellow Governor, Greg Abbott, and the State of Texas in utilizing every tool and strategy, including razor wire fences, to secure the border. We do it in part because the Biden Administration is refusing to enforce immigration laws already on the books and is illegally allowing mass parole across America of migrants who have entered our country illegally,” the statement read.

“Because the Biden Administration has abdicated its constitutional compact duties to the states, Texas has every legal justification to protect the sovereignty of our states and our nation.”

DeSantis asserted in a social media video that Texas would have never joined the Union if the Constitution didn’t protect the states’ right to defend themselves against an invasion. He then pointed to Federalist Paper 46, where “James Madison talks about situations where federal encroachment can be mitigated by state actions.”

“You have Texas here that holds its ground, they have every right to fortify the border vis-a-vis an invasion.”

DeSantis also argued that “liberal jurisdictions” are abusing local authority, like self-described sanctuary cities, to go against enforcing federal immigration law.

Newsweek reported that White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in response to Abbott’s actions, “We want to make sure we get something done at the border. That's why we have been having these conversations with Senate Republicans and Democrats for the past several weeks to come up with a bipartisan agreement to deal with the border.”

"Look, if the governor is not interested in that — Governor Abbott is not interested in that, he wants to politicize an issue, and he's not helping communities, he actually isn't, and he's actually putting border patrol agents in harm's way by doing what he's doing. I'm not going to speak to any actions that the president might take, might not take, but we have been very clear about it."

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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