By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square)
At least 42 counties have now declared invasion or expressed support for declaring an invasion along the southern Texas border.
More are in the process of making similar announcements, according to sources who spoke to Center Square.
Harrison County Commissioners and Judge Chad Sims signed the resolution on Dec. 20, expressing support for “our Texas county partners” in border counties “experiencing localized disaster situations as a result of inadequate border security.”
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He cited Article 4, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution, which authorizes the governor to “call out the militia to execute the laws of the state, to suppress insurrections, and to repel invasions.” His resolution describes Mexican cartels as “paramilitary, narco-terrorist organizations that profit from the trafficking of people and drugs into the US” who are creating a security threat and humanitarian disaster “with enormous consequences for the residents of the state of Texas.”
To address the crisis created by the federal government’s failure to uphold its constitutional duty to “insure domestic tranquility” and “provide for the common defense,” Governor Greg Abbott expressed support for expanding his border security mission, Operation Lone Star. to resolution.
Franklin County Judge Scott Lee signed the resolution on October 24, “calling for additional border security measures to stop the invasion of our southern border to protect Texas communities,” citing the invasion clauses of the US and Texas constitutions, giving the governor the power to protect. Texas border. Their resolution states that “transnational narco-terrorist cartels … have seized de facto operational control between entry points along the South Texas border, facilitating massive human trafficking, smuggling operations, and the trade of deadly drugs, including fentanyl”.
But his resolution appears to have been vetted by The Center Square, which specifically calls for action by the governor, attorney general and state legislature.
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Lee calls for “the Governor of Texas to make a formal declaration of invasion thereby invoking state power under the Invasion Clause, Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3 of the US Constitution.”
They call on the governor “as commander-in-chief of the Texas National Guard” to activate and deploy it and other state assets “to arrest and return illegal aliens at the border, to return illegal aliens crossing from Mexico.” border, and defend Texas against cartel operatives, human traffickers and drug mules moving deadly fentanyl into Texas towns and communities.
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Scott called on the “Texas Attorney General to prepare immediate briefs to counter the federal government’s efforts to prevent Texas from protecting its southern border” and for the Texas Legislature to “pass legislation that would actively act as a deterrent to illegal immigration.” Texas lawmakers must pass laws that protect Texas communities with a pro-civic agenda that sends a critical message to all cartel members, illegal aliens, and the federal government alike.
Abbott mentioned the terms of the invasion on 14 November letter to the county judge and in November 16 letter For President Joe Biden, he has yet to announce a formal invasion or a military strategy to repel it.
Two days after judges in Kinney, Goliad and Terrell counties first announced the invasion on July 5, 2022, Abbott issued Executive order Directing the heads of the Texas Military Department and Department of Public Safety to detain and return illegal aliens to ports of entry, steps they are already taking. Unless detainees are arrested for committing state crimes and held in county or state facilities, the state policy of turning them over to Border Patrol agents has not changed.
Under a Biden administration policy, the vast majority of people apprehended by Border Patrol agents would be released into the U.S., prompting the lawsuit Florida is currently doing in federal court.
After being re-elected in November, Governor Abbott sent letters to county judges citing his July 7 executive order and tweeted the content of the letter, prompting multiple news outlets. False report That they declared an invasion.
Since last July, the judges and commissioners who have signed resolutions or issued proclamations of occupation represent the counties of Atascosa, Burnett, Chambers, Clay, Collin, Ector, Edwards, Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Goliad, Hamilton, Hardin, Harrison, Hood, Hunt, Jack, Jasper, Johnson, Kinney, Lavaca, Leon, Liberty, Live Oak, Madison, McMullen, Montague, Navarro, Orange, Parker, Presidio, Shackelford, Somervell, Terrell, Throckmorton, Tyler, Van Zandt, Waller Wharton, Wichita, Wilson and Wise.
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Some passed resolutions declaring support for securing the border. Some judges issued disaster proclamations declaring the invasion in their county and Texas. Some disaster declarations, such as those passed by Ector and Rockwall counties, are only good for seven days. Amended that Ector’s has no expiration date; Rockwall has expired.
Jeff Daviess County judges were among the first to express support for declaring occupation, but its commissioners did not. Uvalde Mayor Dan McLaughlin is the only mayor in Texas or the US to declare an occupation.
The Republican Party of Texas has called on the governor to declare occupation; The Texas Public Policy Foundation has expressed support for declaring a Texas occupation.
They did so as nearly 1.8 million people from more than 150 countries were reported apprehended or absconding by Texas Border Patrol agents in fiscal year 2022, the largest number in the state’s history. Through OLS, Texas law enforcement has seized enough fentanyl to kill everyone in the US
Syndicated with permission from The Center Square.