On Tuesday, as the border crisis continues flooding the country with enough fentanyl to kill every Texan roughly 150 times over, five more Texas counties declared a border invasion.

Chambers, Ellis, Hardin, Liberty, and Orange counties joined 12 other Texas counties in requesting Gov. Greg Abbott secure the Texas border in the absence of federal protection.

As the number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection encounters with illegal aliens rapidly climbs toward 2 million this federal fiscal year, Texans have sounded the alarm regarding devastation to their properties, livelihoods, and lives.

Now, more Texas counties—some upwards of seven hours away from the southern border—are issuing declarations of invasion, showing that the border crisis does not just impact border counties.

Instead, the overwhelming amount of drug trafficking across the Texas-Mexico border has far-reaching effects, contributing to the spike in local drug crises and drug-related deaths in rural counties throughout the state.

Hardin County specifically requested Gov. Greg Abbott “take necessary steps as allowed under Article I, Section 10 of the United States Constitution and Article IV, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution to secure the Texas border and stop the invasion at the border, including the actions by paramilitary, narco-terrorists cartels that pose a huge risk to our communities.”

Notably, Orange County is represented by House Speaker Dade Phelan (R–Beaumont), who has so far been silent on the issue of declaring an invasion.

Meanwhile, Republican State Rep. Brian Harrison, who represents Ellis County in the Texas House, said, “I am proud to have encouraged Ellis County to stand up for our shared constituents and all Texans and thankful for the leadership displayed by the Ellis County Commissioners Court today in requesting Governor Abbott declare an invasion.”

While unprecedented, given that Texas is the first impacted, and the most impacted by the Biden border  risis, we must do the job Biden refuses to do and secure the border ourselves using every tool and legal authority available.

Hardin, Chambers, Ellis, Orange, and Liberty join 12 other counties—Kinney, Goliad, Terrell, Parker, Wise, Edwards, Atascosa, Presidio, Tyler, Live OakJohnson, and Wilson—in taking local action.

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government and is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.