Texas Considers Wartime Measures as Biden Administration Ignores Migrant Invasion
Texas residents are calling on authorities to take matters in their own hands as they continue to struggle with crushing waves of illegal immigration. Official disaster declarations have been issued in at least four counties.
“We don’t want to lose America,” said Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan after declaring a local state of disaster. “The Biden Administration won’t do a thing about it. They could stop this thing this hour. They could stop it now.”
One of the largest concerns for Texas residents is the prevalence of human smuggling – the pursuit of which eats up officers’ time and is likely to cause property damage. Despite a 2021 anti-smuggling bill, law enforcement authorities in border communities say they catch only 20% of migrants passing through.
A handful of state lawmakers and former Trump officials have urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to declare an “invasion” and begin expelling suspected illegal immigrants (a questionably legal task for which he is more than justified given the Biden Administration’s apparent disregard for the situation).
The idea here is to take the Constitution’s stated definition of the term “invasion” and apply it to the assault on the southern border, allowing Texas to engage in defensive actions. The declaration would make Gov. Abbott Commander-in-Chief and grant wartime powers to thousands of state troopers and national guard. It would also attract immediate challenge from the courts.
Tom Homan, former acting director for ICE under Trump, said he spoke with Gov. Abbott about the idea back in April. “We’ve had discussions with his attorneys in his office, ‘Is there a way to use this clause within the Constitution where it talks about invasion?’” said Homan, adding that Gov. Abbott’s attitude towards the scheme was “noncommittal but willing to listen.”
Gov. Abbott has already been forced to call on the National Guard to assist police in arresting illegal immigrants for breaking state laws following a lack of action from Washington.
“We’ll be taking unprecedented action,” vowed Gov. Abbott. “Congress has to stop talking about it, has to stop complaining about it, has to stop going to the border and looking at it. Congress has to take action, just like Texas is taking action.”