As President Joe Biden’s open border crisis continues, five more counties across Texas passed declarations of invasion last week—but one Republican county refused.
Hood County, located southwest of Fort Worth, is ostensibly led by four Republican county commissioners and a Republican county judge.
However, when Commissioner Dave Eagle of Precinct 4 brought the declaration of invasion before the commissioners court and County Judge Ron Massingill, it was voted down.
Eagle and Commissioner Kevin Andrews of Precinct 1 were the only two votes in favor of the declaration.
The proposed Hood County declaration of invasion specifically highlighted “the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Hood County, Texas, are under the imminent threat of a disaster resulting from the unprecedented levels of human trafficking, violence, and drug smuggling coming across the U.S. Texas border from Mexico.”
Meanwhile, the number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection encounters with illegal aliens is rapidly climbing toward 2 million this federal fiscal year, and Texans are sounding the alarm regarding devastation to their properties, livelihoods, and human life.
Nannette Samuelson, the incoming commissioner for Precinct 2, was shocked when the declaration was voted down, telling Texas Scorecard, “I just thought for sure this would be a 5-0 vote, so I didn’t even sign up to speak about it. I was pretty surprised that [of] five Republicans, not all of them would vote for a declaration of invasion at the southern border.”
They’ve taken an oath when they run on the Republican platform to support Republican legislative priorities; this is one.
Indeed, securing the border and protecting Texans is one of eight GOP priorities, as selected by thousands of grassroots delegates, for the upcoming legislative session in January.
Eagle also highlighted the Republican Party of Texas platform as the reason he brought forth the invasion declaration, telling Texas Scorecard, “The 2022 Republican Party of Texas believes in this platform [and] expects our elected leaders to uphold these principles through acknowledgment and action.”
The declaration, Eagle says, is “basically a signal to people who either are Republican or claimed to be Republicans, who are either currently elected or running to be elected,” to act according to the party platform.
Eagle plans to bring the invasion declaration to the commissioner’s court again, this time with a petition from local citizens supporting the declaration.
Notably, Republican-led Medina County also refused to pass an invasion declaration, despite public pressure from local citizens.
As counties across the state declare invasions, Samuelson says Texans “knowing who their commissioner is and calling them or emailing them and requesting that they put this resolution on their commissioners court and just the public support for it will go a long way.”
So far, 18 Texas counties have taken local action and declared an invasion: Kinney, Goliad, Terrell, Parker, Wise, Edwards, Atascosa, Presidio, Tyler, Live Oak, Rockwall, Johnson, Wilson, Hardin, Chambers, Ellis, Orange, and Liberty.