The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Austin, is calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to declare the border crisis on the southern border an invasion.

In a speech delivered in Mexico City to the American Society of Mexico, TPPF President Greg Sindelar said that as friends, Texas and Mexico must face the brutal facts that are threatening the prosperity and security of the two sides.

“When will we be able to point to a Mexico at peace, a Mexico that delivers justice to Mexicans, a Mexico that is a good neighbor,” asked Sindelar. “Until that day comes, the Texas Public Policy Foundation is working to change the policy landscape on the American side—on the Texan side—of our relationship. It isn’t enough to hope for a concurrence of interest, and a desire for action, for our partners in Mexico…The time for Texas to act is long overdue.”

To that end, Sindelar laid out the organization’s position: Advocate that the state of Texas declare an invasion underway, from cartel forces and their allies, under the U.S. Constitution’s Article I, Section 10.

Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution allows for states to repel an invasion themselves by utilizing their state guards. Declaring an invasion would also allow for governors to enter into an interstate compact to secure the border.

TPPF’s position comes as 18 counties in Texas have called on Gov. Abbott to declare an invasion.

“We share a common vision for what civic life should be.  Ordinary citizens with ordinary aspirations, and a desire for dignity, respect, and basic rights,” said Sindelar. “Some may say this is a modest vision. But it is the very least people should expect. We hope to cooperate to make this vision a reality.  Together, we can unite in our shared vision to secure a brighter future for us all.  Securing this future will require the Mexican state to stand by the people, not the cartels.”

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens