As President Joe Biden’s open border policies continue incentivizing illegal border crossings—with more than 2.3 million illegal aliens crossing the southwest border this federal fiscal year—more Texas counties are declaring invasions and calling upon Gov. Greg Abbott to secure the southern border.

On Monday, Navarro County, south of Dallas, joined 35 other Texas counties in declaring an invasion of the southern border.

In a unanimous decision by the commissioners court, Navarro County declared, “The ongoing immigration crisis on the Texas border is not acceptable and may constitute an invasion having resulted in security threat[s] and a humanitarian disaster with overwhelming consequences to the residents of Texas.”

Navarro County requested that “the governor of Texas, as commander-in-chief of the military forces of the state, take all necessary and legal steps to preserve and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Texas.”

Texans have been sounding the alarm for over a year now regarding the devastation to property, livelihoods, and human life as Venezuela sends Texas their criminals and Texas spends billions on border security efforts that cannot stop the oncoming traffic.

Therefore, Texas counties are calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to invoke Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which allows states to declare an invasion and defend themselves in the absence of federal action.

Indeed, securing the border and protecting Texans is one of eight GOP priorities chosen by thousands of grassroots delegates for the upcoming 2023 legislative session. The Texas GOP’s State Executive Committee also declared an invasion.

However, some Republican-led counties across the state refuse to declare an invasion, despite prodding from local citizens.

In Waller County, one citizen brought the invasion declaration before the commissioners court multiple times. Despite this, the Republican-dominated court has refused to take up the issue.

A similar situation occurred in Medina County in August and in Hood County just a few weeks later.

Hood County later passed the declaration after an outburst of citizen pressure.

Navarro County joins these 35 Texas counties in taking local action: Kinney, Goliad, Terrell, Parker, Wise, Edwards, Atascosa, Presidio, Tyler, Live Oak, Rockwall, Johnson, Wilson, Hardin, Chambers, Ellis, Orange, Liberty, Throckmorton, Madison, Jasper, Van Zandt, Wichita, Clay, Jack, Hunt, Montague, Hood, Wharton, Burnet, Collin, McMullen, Hamilton, Lavaca, and Ector counties.

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.