Several Texas counties along the US-Mexico border officially declared President Joe Biden’s devastating border crisis an “invasion” on Tuesday. Kinney County, Goliad County, Terrell County and Uvalde County have made the declaration so far.
“We’re being invaded. The facts are there. This is real. We want America to know that this is real,” Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan told reporters during a press conference in Bracketville, Texas, as reported by Fox News. “The Biden administration won’t do a thing about it. They could stop this thing this hour. They could stop it now. They don’t have the guts.”
Goliad County Sheriff Roy Boyd told “Fox & Friends First” that the “invasion” declaration is a plea for more resources.
“Governor Abbott has done more than any governor in the history of the state of Texas to help secure the border and to protect Texans, but we’re seeing an unprecedented event, and it’s going to take steps beyond what we’ve taken so far,” Boyd said.
“We were drowning in the work that was coming to us as a result of the cartel activities in our counties,” he continued. “Governor Abbott threw us a lifeline, kept us from drowning, but the tide is rising, and we have to do more because even with the resources he’s provided us and the cooperatives that we have developed, what we find is that the work continues to rise, and the manpower is at its ceiling.”
Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe said the Biden administration’s neglect of the Texas border feels deliberate.
“I hate to say it, but it feels like we’re being we’re being punished because Texas went for Trump,” Coe asserted.
According to Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, states have the right to protect themselves from an invasion.
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence,” it reads.
Gov. Abbott’s press secretary Renae Eze told Fox News Digital in a statement that Texas is maintaining “all strategies” to combat the border challenges “caused by the Biden administration.”
“While President Biden ignores the ever-growing humanitarian crisis, and Congressional members visit the border for photo-ops and then return to Washington to do nothing, Texas has deployed thousands of Texas National Guard soldiers and DPS troopers and spent over $4 billion of Texas taxpayer money to secure our border, including building our own border wall, erecting strategic barriers, and sending significant resources to help our local partners,” Eze said.
“This has resulted in over 274,000 migrant apprehensions, over 16,900 criminal arrests, including smugglers and human traffickers, over 22,000 turnbacks, and millions of lethal doses of fentanyl seized,” Eze continued. “It’s past time for President Biden—and for both parties in Congress—to do their jobs and secure our southern border. As the challenges on the border continue to increase, Texas will continue to take additional unprecedented action to address those challenges caused by the Biden Administration.”