A previous version of this article incorrectly named Rockwall as having declared an invasion. They have not done so. 

As President Joe Biden’s open border crisis continues flooding the country with illegal aliens and enough fentanyl to kill every Texan roughly 150 times over, Tyler County has joined a growing number of Texas counties in issuing an invasion declaration.

Tyler County’s declaration “requests Governor Abbott take the 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-terrorist cartels that pose a huge risk to our communities.”

Accordingly, Tyler recognizes the ongoing invasion and proclaims its support for Operation Lone Star—Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security push—and state-led efforts to secure the Texas border.

While Operation Lone Star has been shown to improve the crisis somewhat, OLS guardsmen and law enforcement are not currently allowed to refuse illegal aliens entrance or send them back across the border to Mexico.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court established in Arizona v. U.S. that individual states are prohibited from enforcing federal immigration law—including the deportation of illegal aliens—this leaves states with few options to secure the border. However, states do possess the constitutional right to repel an invasion in the absence of federal action, according to Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution.

In the absence of action from the Biden administration—and as horrific stories of damage to property, livelihoods, and people continue to unfold—the Republican Party of Texas declared that Securing the Border is a GOP priority and polling shows that 85 percent of Republican voters support declaring an invasion.

Tyler joins 10 other counties—Kinney, Val Verde, Goliad, Terrell, Zavala, Parker, Wise, Edwards, Atascosa, Presidio—in taking local action.

Concerned citizens can contact their county officials regarding local invasion declarations.

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.