Texas governor calls immigration from Mexico 'invasion': now he can use military on the border
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he invoked provisions in the US and Texas constitutions to declare immigration from Mexico an invasion, reports CBS.
For calendar year 2022, agents had nearly 2,1 million encounters with migrants at the US-Mexico border, according to US Customs and Border Protection.
Governor Abbott says he will "fully empower Texas to take unprecedented action to protect our state from invasion."
Abbott said the state will take the following steps:
- Will deploy the National Guard to guard the border, as well as to repel immigrants trying to cross the border illegally.
- Will deploy the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to arrest and return to the border immigrants who crossed the border illegally, as well as to arrest illegal immigrants for criminal activities.
- Will begin construction of a wall in several districts on the border.
- Alert artillery boats.
- Designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.
- Make an agreement with other states to protect the border.
- Enter into agreements with foreign powers to enhance border security.
- Will provide resources to the border districts to step up their efforts to respond to the "border intrusion".
I invoked the Invasion Clauses of the US & Texas Constitutions to fully authorize Texas to take unprecedented measures to defend our state against an invasion.
I'm using that constitutional authority, & other authorization & Executive Orders to keep our state & country safe: pic.twitter.com/2Jt5HEMgp5
- Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 15st
In July 2022, Governor Abbott issued an executive order directing state law enforcement to "detain illegal immigrants illegally crossing the border between ports of entry and return them to the border." He did not then call the crossings an invasion.
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