As the situation on the southern border continues to worsen, Republican State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham filed a resolution urging Gov. Greg Abbott to declare an invasion by foreign drug cartels and urging the state to use all available resources to repel the invasion.
According to Kolkhorst’s SCR 23:
Under Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution, Texas is entitled as a sovereign state of the United States of America to protect itself against this current foreign drug cartel invasion; this constitutional authority grants the state of Texas the power to defend the state when the state has been invaded or is “in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.”
SCR 23 also highlights how the cartels are terrorizing Texas “by flooding the streets with deadly narcotics, forcing women and children into human and sex trafficking, enriching themselves on the misery and enslavement of Texans, and butchering and murdering anyone who tries to stop them.”
It further encourages “all applicable state and local resources as needed, to use any and all authority under Article I, Section 10 of the United States Constitution to repel this violent foreign drug cartel invasion.”
“While the federal government is charged with border control, they have failed to keep Texas and the United States safe,” Kolkhorst told Texas Scorecard. “As a result, Texans are suffering, which is why I have filed legislation to address the horrific fentanyl crisis, enhance offenses for unauthorized immigrants who commit crimes, ensure Texas workers are legally authorized to work in the U.S., and declare to the federal government that Texas has been invaded by foreign drug cartels.”
“Texas must send a strong message that crimes committed by unauthorized immigrants and drug traffickers will not stand,” said Kolkhorst. “Where the federal government is avoiding its responsibility, Texas will fulfill its constitutional duty to protect our citizens, property, and border.”
Texans for Strong Borders President Chris Russo applauded Kolkhorst’s resolution, stating, “This sends a strong message to Governor Abbott and others within our state that our current response, although unprecedented, is not strong enough to actually stop the influx of illegal aliens and deadly drugs into our state.”
Russo added that Texas is currently “under attack by narcoterrorist cartels” and “cannot afford to wait until 2025 to act.” Indeed, state officials possess the power to do more.
43 Texas counties have already issued their own invasion declarations urging Abbott to take decisive action to repel illegal border crossings.
Although Abbott’s border security push—Operation Lone Star—has seen some success along the border in capturing illegal drugs, apprehending criminals, and prosecuting illegal border crossers for criminal trespass, it has failed to turn the tide of the invasion.
Thus, securing the border and protecting Texans is one of eight legislative priorities for the legislative session, as Texans have been sounding the alarm for two years now regarding the devastation to property, livelihoods, and human life.