On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled federal agents can remove razor wire installed along the border on Abbott’s instruction, sparking a furious response from the Texas governor. Two days later, Abbott released a letter claiming the current migration surge into Texas constitutes an “invasion” and that he had involved his state’s “constitutional authority to defend and protect itself” which “is the supreme law of the land and supersedes any federal statutes to the contrary.”
“James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and the other visionaries who wrote the U.S. Constitution foresaw that States should not be left to the mercy of a lawless president who does nothing to stop external threats like cartels smuggling millions of illegal immigrants across the border,” Abbott wrote in a statement made public Wednesday.
Abbott’s statement accused President Joe Biden’s administration of breaking “the compact” between the federal government and individual states by failing to enforce federal immigration laws.
Despite a second letter from the federal government demanding that Texas stop blocking federal agents from reaching the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Gov. Greg Abbott was not backing down Wednesday, insisting that the state will continue working to deter undocumented immigrants from crossing the border. The SCOTUS ruling was not the final decision on the border, it only allowed the federal government to continue to prevent Texas from building obstructions to entry.
Key points from Abbot’s letter to the federal government and Biden:— Will 🇺🇸 🍢 (@NoLeftTurns) January 25, 2024
🔹 Federal Failure: Gov. Abbott accuses President Biden of not enforcing federal immigration laws, leading to a surge in illegal immigration in Texas.
🔹 Legal Challenges: The Biden Administration is being… pic.twitter.com/zRWzglPwKv
The Biden Administration is much more focused on stopping Gov. Abbott than on stemming the flow of illegal immigrants. He is threatening to federalize the Texas National Guard. It behoves the Democrats to consider that if they succeed in their effort to nationalize the Texas National Guard, Abbott can mobilize state troops. In fact, the Texas National Guard defied theSCOTUS ruling and carried on installing more razor wire and barriers at Shelby Park in Eagle Pass Texas.
The Texas State Guard is a state-level military force that operates under the authority of the Governor and it is NOT under federal control. Currently there are 2,200 members of the guard. You can join if you have lived in Texas for 180 days, are a U.S. citizen between the ages of 18 and 70, and you don’t have a criminal background. And you can apply here:https://join.txsg.state.tx.us
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, and Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte have all announced that they stand with Texas and Gov. Greg Abbott in the border dispute with the federal government.