Two state representatives are urging Gov. Greg Abbott to call an immediate special session to address the invasion on the southern border.
State Reps. Brian Harrison (R–Midlothian) and Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler) sent out a joint statement asking Abbott to use “every state and federal constitutional authority he has to stop the invasion and deport illegal migrants.”
Texas must do everything in our power to lock down the border ourselves. While we appreciate Governor Abbott’s efforts to date, more is required. Texas must use every tool at our disposal to repel this invasion. As authors of the most serious bills to secure the border this session including the Border Protection Unit Act and the Texas Title 42 Act, which were killed by the House, we are respectfully asking Governor Abbott to use every state and federal constitutional authority he has to stop the invasion and deport illegal migrants and to call the Legislature back immediately to provide additional legislative authorities and tools so that Texas can save our state and America from the Biden Border Crisis.
During the 88th regular Legislative Session, Schaefer authored House Bill 20—the Border Protection Unit Act—which sought to create a border security force within the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Harrison authored House Bill 1491, also known as the Texas Title 42 Act, which would have used the state’s police powers to remove illegal aliens from Texas. It would have stayed in effect as long as the federal public health emergency for COVID-19 remained in place and any federal government vaccine mandates and travel warnings were enforced.
Both bills were killed in the House.
“The border invasion risks the future of our republic,” Harrison told Texas Scorecard. “Biden is responsible. But Texas is the first impacted and the most impacted, so we must do all we can to save our state and America from the Biden Border Crisis.”
“Shockingly, every serious border security bill – including The Border Protection Unit Act and the Texas Title 42 Act- was killed by the Texas House leadership,” he continued. “We need an immediate special session to secure the border now.”
Schaefer also told Texas Scorecard that the invasion needs to be handled immediately.
“There must be urgency. The U.S. government doesn’t control the border. Texas doesn’t control the border. The cartels do. Texas sovereignty is evaporating before our eyes. When will our leaders wake up? We must repel the invasion by exercising maximum authority under the U.S. and Texas constitutions,” explained Schaefer. “This has to stop. Texas can lead, but so far, our efforts have not worked. It’s time for bold action to deter and repel the cartel invasion. Send them back.”
Earlier this week, Harrison sent a letter to Abbott thanking him for putting school choice on the next special session call, but said many issues still need to be addressed. These included securing the border along with medical freedom and banning Communist governments from purchasing Texas land.
Abbott’s office did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s request for comment.