Texas Governor Abbott threatens to deploy GUNBOATS and work with foreign governments to secure border


Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday invoked a constitutional clause warning President Joe Biden that the Lone Star State would go rogue to defend against what he calls an “invasion” of migrants on the southern border.

The Republican leader said he would use the clause and sign executive orders on deploying armed boats along the border, building a wall and working with foreign governments on Texas security – among other contentious points .

The clause, which is found in Article I, Section 10, of the Constitution, bars individual states from unilateral military action “unless they are actually invaded or in imminent danger which will not admit of delay.”

A record increase in asylum seekers attempting to cross into the United States via Mexico in the last two years of Biden’s tenure has strained the US federal immigration system, while border communities bend under the influx and the shelters are overwhelmed.

Republicans have accused the president of rolling back controversial Trump-era immigration policies, and Washington’s delay in passing comprehensive immigration reform has only deepened the standoff between governments of red border states, leaders of some Democratic-run cities and the White House.

Abbott went even further on Wednesday with a letter to Biden telling him that “Texans are paying the price for your failure” at the border and that the Democrats’ policy has had “catastrophic consequences.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is stepping up law enforcement resources along the southern border, including the use of gunboats on the Rio Grande (pictured: Texas Department of Public Safety soldiers patrol the Rio Grande River south of McAllen, Texas at Anzalduas Park in Hidalgo County on the Texas-Mexico border)

He wrote several letters this week to local and federal authorities about his plans to crack down on migrants crossing the border from Mexico (pictured: a member of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Marine Tactical Unit mans a machine gun while patrolling the Rio Grande along the US-Mexico border March 23, 2021 near Mission, Texas)

Abbott wrote to President Joe Biden on Wednesday formally advising him of his intention to invoke the

He accused Biden (posing with US troops in Hawaii on November 15) of

Abbott wrote to President Joe Biden on Wednesday formally advising him of his intention to invoke the Constitution’s ‘invasion clause’

“Your silence in the face of our repeated pleas is deafening. Your refusal to even travel to the border to see firsthand the chaos you have caused is damning,” the searing note continued.

“Two years of inaction on your part leaves Texas no choice but to step up our efforts to secure our state.”

It ended with, “Your open border policies, which have catalyzed an unprecedented crisis of illegal immigration, are the only cause for which Texas must invoke our constitutional authority to defend us.”

Abbott told Biden the Founders who wrote the Constitution and that particular invasion clause “forecast your failures.”

“It reflects the understanding of our founders, the framers of the Constitution, that a future president could abandon his obligation to protect the states from an extraordinary influx of people who have no legal right of entry,” the letter reads. .

DailyMail.com has contacted the White House for comment.

A state trooper stands behind one of the cannons while patrolling the Rio Grande in June

A state trooper stands behind one of the cannons while patrolling the Rio Grande in June

Aerial view of migrants camping on the banks of the Rio Bravo (or Rio Grande, as it is known in the United States) in Ciudad Juarez, state of Chihuahua, Mexico, taken November 15, 2022

Aerial view of migrants camping on the banks of the Rio Bravo (or Rio Grande, as it is known in the United States) in Ciudad Juarez, state of Chihuahua, Mexico, taken November 15, 2022

Migrant camp on the banks of the Rio Bravo photographed on November 15

Migrant camp on the banks of the Rio Bravo photographed on November 15

More than 2.3 million people were encountered trying to cross the US border in the past fiscal year (Pictured: A migrant woman seeking asylum reacts as she walks up to a Border Patrol agent after having been smuggled across the Rio Grande River from Mexico to Roma, Texas, United States, November 9, 2022)

More than 2.3 million people were encountered trying to cross the US border in the past fiscal year (Pictured: A migrant woman seeking asylum reacts as she walks up to a Border Patrol agent after having been smuggled across the Rio Grande River from Mexico to Roma, Texas, United States, November 9, 2022)

Abbott on Tuesday announced plans to invoke the clause, along with a list of controversial enforcement proposals.

Abbott on Tuesday announced plans to invoke the clause, along with a list of controversial enforcement proposals.

Before sending the letter, Abbott took to Twitter on Tuesday to say that he “invoked the invasion clauses of the United States and Texas constitutions to fully authorize Texas to take unprecedented action to defend our state against an invasion”.

The list includes the deployment of the National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to arrest migrants and send them back across the border – it is unclear whether asylum seekers are included.

He also wants to “build a wall in several border counties,” “deploy gunboats to secure the border,” and designate Mexico-based drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations — something only the federal government can do.

Abbott also called for entering into security “pacts” with other states and “entering into agreements with foreign powers to strengthen border security.”

The message mirrors a separate letter Abbott sent Monday to county judges along the Texas-Mexico border in which he pledged to take executive action and invoke the clause.

“Texas has contributed more than $4 billion from Texan taxpayer dollars to these and other efforts to secure the border and improve public safety,” the letter says of the collective initiatives.

Last month, there were 230,678 recorded encounters between undocumented migrants and Border Patrol agents, according to the most recent data. This is a slight increase from September.

More than 2.3 million migrants were apprehended along the southern border last year, the highest number in US history.

The barrel of a gun is raised in the air as the boat cruises along a section of the border wall in Texas

The barrel of a gun is raised in the air as the boat cruises along a section of the border wall in Texas

Members of the Texas Department of Public Safety rode the gunboats during a tour of the Congressional delegation

Members of the Texas Department of Public Safety rode the gunboats during a tour of the Congressional delegation

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