President Joe Biden’s lax enforcement of border security and immigration laws has resulted in a massive and seemingly unending surge of migrants seeking entry into the United States, whether legally or otherwise, and the state of Texas has borne the brunt of the incessant wave of crime and humanity.
Now Kinney County, Texas, which is located along the border with Mexico, has formally proclaimed that an “invasion” is ongoing and urged Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to acknowledge it and assume his constitutional authorities to repel it, Breitbart reported.
The declaration of an invasion by Kinney County was joined and supported by five other counties in Texas, not all of which are located on the border but have suffered the consequences of the illegal migrant surge nonetheless, including Burnet, Goliad, Medina, Terrell, and Uvalde counties.
Southern border “invasion” formally declared
The invasion declaration and accompanying press release, which was announced during a Tuesday press conference in Brackettville, was drafted by Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan and is clearly intended to spur action from the governor to address the worsening crisis, both criminal and humanitarian, at the southern border.
“As a Texan, this is not acceptable,” Shahan wrote. “We will no longer allow the sovereignty of Texas to be invaded by those unwilling to obey our laws. The safety of Texans should come before the comfort of those who unlawfully enter our state and place our residents in harm’s way.”
“That is why today, July 5, 2022, Kinney County, joined by several other counties on the Texas border, are declaring the existence of an ‘invasion’ as used in Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution and in Article 4, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution,” he continued.
“We are taking these steps in hopes of encouraging our Governor to acknowledge the existence of an invasion on our border with Mexico and take the necessary actions to preserve and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Texas,” the judge added.
U.S. and Texas Constitutions grant power to states to “repel invasions”
Both the press release and the declaration made reference to Article IV, Sec. 4 of the U.S. Constitution, which states in the relevant part that the U.S. government “shall protect each” individual state “against invasion.”
Also referenced from the U.S. Constitution was Article I, Sec. 10, Clause 3, which limits the rights of individual states to “keep Troops” or “engage in War, unless actually invaded” or facing some sort of “imminent Danger” that necessitates immediate action at the state level.
Then there is Article 4, Sec. 7 of the Texas Constitution, which names the governor as the “commander-in-chief” of the state’s military forces and provides that “He shall have power to call forth the militia to execute the laws of the State, to suppress insurrections, and to repel invasions.”
Abbott spokesperson says “all strategies remain on the table”
The Texas Tribune reported that this isn’t the first time that the idea of a declared “invasion” by states could be used to sidestep the inaction of the federal government — which is supposed to fully enforce all border security and immigration laws — and while Gov. Abbott has previously been rather cool to the theory, his spokesperson told the outlet Wednesday that “all strategies remain on the table” for dealing with the seemingly unchecked crime and migration at the border.
“It’s past time for President Biden — and for both parties in Congress — to do their jobs and secure our southern border,” spokeswoman Renae Eze said. “As the challenges on the border continue to increase, Texas will continue to take additional unprecedented action to address those challenges caused by the Biden Administration.”