As President Joe Biden’s open border policies continue incentivizing illegal border crossings—with 2.1 million illegal aliens crossing the southwest border this federal fiscal year—Texas counties continue declaring invasions and calling upon Gov. Greg Abbott and the State of Texas to secure the southern border.
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 halt the oncoming traffic without the ability to deport them.
According to current U.S. Supreme Court precedent as decided in U.S. v Arizona, individual states are prohibited from enforcing federal immigration law. Hence, when the federal government, under the control of the president, decides against enforcing the law, there is little recourse for the states.
However, Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution does provide states the ability to declare an invasion and defend themselves in the absence of federal action.
Lavaca County’s declaration proclaims “the ongoing immigration crisis on the Texas border is not acceptable, and has resulted in a security threat and humanitarian disaster with overwhelming consequences to the residents of Lavaca County and Texans, alike.”
They then request that Abbott “immediately prevent and/or remove all persons invading the sovereignty of Texas and that of the United States.”
Indeed, securing the border and protecting Texans is one of eight GOP priorities as chosen by thousands of grassroots delegates for the upcoming legislative session, which will begin in January.
Hamilton, Lavaca, and Ector have joined these 31 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, and Collin counties.