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7 More Counties Declare Invasion

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Governor Greg Abbott | Image by Julio Cortez / AP

(The Center Square) – Forty Texas counties have now declared an invasion at the southern U.S. border with Mexico, or have expressed support for Texas declaring an invasion. More are in the process of doing so, according to sources who’ve spoken to The Center Square.

The most recent to join the invasion call include the judges and commissioners of Collin, Fannin, Leon, Navarro, Shackelford, Somervell and Waller counties.

They are calling on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to formally declare an invasion and repel it, which he has yet to do. The governor cited the invasion clauses of the Texas Constitution and U.S. Constitution in a Nov. 14 letter to county judges and in a Nov. 16 letter to President Joe Biden. He also wrote letters to the heads of the Texas Military Department and the Department of Public Safety.

In his letter to judges, Abbott refers to a July 7 executive order he issued two days after the judges of Kinney, Goliad and Terrell first declared an invasion. The executive order doesn’t declare an invasion, it authorizes Texas law enforcement officers to apprehend illegal foreign nationals and return them to ports of entry. After Abbott tweeted content from part of the letter to judges without providing context, many misreported that he declared an invasion.

As a Trinity University professor explained to KSAT News, “You can’t declare the invasion via Twitter. There is a process to name it, to give a date to it, to put it out in kind of a public way.”

Neither Abbott’s July 7 executive order nor his letter to the president declare an invasion; no signed and dated formal invasion declaration exists on the governor’s website.

The Republican Party of Texas and judges have called on Abbott to repel the invasion by preventing entry of illegal foreign nationals and returning those who do enter illegally to Mexico. While Abbott’s November letters use the word “repel,” Texas law enforcement officers working through Operation Lone Star haven’t prevented the entry of thousands of people illegally entering Texas every day or returned them to Mexico. Currently, they are continuing the standard operating procedure of turning over illegal foreign nationals they apprehend to U.S. Border Patrol agents.

As a result of Abbott’s directives, law enforcement officers working through OLS have apprehended more than 328,000 illegal foreign nationals, made over 22,100 criminal arrests with over 19,600 felony charges reported, as of Dec. 1. Texas has also bused more than 14,000 people who illegally entered Texas to four so-called sanctuary cities, according to state data.

Prior to Abbott’s November letters, judges and commissioners in Collin, Fannin and Leon counties signed resolutions in September recognizing “an invasion against the state of Texas.” They called on the state “to take all steps necessary and allowable under the U.S. and Texas constitutions” to secure the border and “repel the invasion at our border.” They also called “for additional measures to secure the border, stop the invasion at the border, and protect our communities,” citing cartel-driven human and drug trafficking that’s created “a security threat and humanitarian disaster with overwhelming consequences” to Texans.

In October, Navarro, Shackelford and Somervell counties took action.

Navarro County’s resolution expresses “support for the governor to take necessary action to stop chaos on our border,” stating “the health, safety, and welfare of Texas residents are under an imminent threat from unprecedented levels of illegal immigration, human trafficking, and drug smuggling coming across the U.S. border from Mexico.”

Shackelford County Judge Robert Skelton signed a disaster declaration similar to one signed by Lavaca County’s judge. Notably, it states that the rural county located roughly two hours west of Ft. Worth is under invasion. The border crisis, the judge said, has created a “security threat and humanitarian disaster with overwhelming consequences to the residents of Shackelford County and Texans.”

He also sent a copy of his declaration to Abbott; his assistant told The Center Square. The declaration requests Abbott to “declare the existence of an invasion on its border with Mexico and take necessary action to preserve and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Texas.”

The commissioners of the rural county of Somervell, located roughly an hour southwest of Fort Worth, also passed a resolution to secure the border. Judge Danny Chambers who signed it, said they did so because “it was the right thing to do. Northern counties are impacted too,” he told The Center Square. “Every county is.”

The resolution refers to Mexican cartels as “paramilitary, narco-terrorist organizations that profit from trafficking people and drugs” into the U.S., refers to the border crisis as a “security threat and humanitarian disaster,” expresses support for “border counties under invasion,” supports OLS efforts and requests Abbott “to secure the Texas border and repel the invasion at the border.”

Roughly one week after Abbott sent his November letters, Waller County was the first to pass a resolution calling on him to secure the border. Notably, the county was the first to refer to the cartels as having “command and control over irregular warfare operations into the United States, exploiting unsecured borders to solidify their power structure with billions of dollars in profit, using migrant warfare to obfuscate the trafficking of drugs and people by utilization of irregular techniques, tactics and procedures.”

The county also points to Abbott designating the cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, formally acknowledging “that non-state actors are conducting irregular warfare operations and breaching the sovereignty and national security of the United States and furthering Governor Abbott’s formal diplomatic representation to the United States that the State of Texas is not protected against an invasion.”

These seven counties join 33 whose border security resolutions or declarations remain in effect.

Combined, the 40 counties include Atascosa, Burnet, Chambers, Clay, Collin, Ector, Edwards, Ellis, Fannin, Goliad, Hamilton, Hardin, Hood, Hunt, Jack, Jasper, Johnson, Kinney, Lavaca, Leon, Liberty, Live Oak, Madison, McMullen, Montague, Navarro, Orange, Parker, Presidio, Shackelford, Somervell, Terrell, Throckmorton, Tyler, Van Zandt, Waller, Wharton, Wichita, Wilson, and Wise.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin is the only mayor in Texas or the U.S. to declare an invasion.

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CITIZEN
CITIZEN
1 month ago

The citizens of the affected areas should consider it as their responsibility to report any and all illegal activity within their communities. There should be a direct line to report it without having to provide identifying information that those responsible (i.e. cartels) can use against them.

Lay Monk Jeffery
Lay Monk Jeffery
1 month ago

Why not do what Arizona did? They dropped conex boxes and sealed the opening in the boarder. Bring in a crane and stack those conex boxes 3 high and how ever many long needed to seal the gap, cheap and effective!

I hope everyone has a blessed holiday season and to all please stay safe and healthy during these unsettling times.

Mary Ellen Bluntzer
Mary Ellen Bluntzer
1 month ago

Governor Abbott is moving too slow. Texans will loose confidence if actual effective action isn’t take soon!

Pap
Pap
Reply to  Mary Ellen Bluntzer
1 month ago

Well, he has to fight the ACLU and our own deer-in-the-headlights federal government. The White House is what people should have already lost confidence in. It is the JOB of the federal government to protect our borders, not the states.

Dick Smith
Dick Smith
1 month ago

And here we are sending billions to the Ukraine to fend off an invasion from Russia, while this entire country is being overthrown by a group so evil they make Russia look like a bunch of elderly church ladies. I think it’s pretty apparent that Abbott is in as deep as Liden is in the pockets of the cartels. It’s amazing what kind of political backing you can buy in this country for billions of dollars. Provide weapons and ammo to lunatics you recruit off the internet so you can disarm the citizens, then pay off the government officials to turn a blind eye to an invasion. We’ve already seen way more illegals enter this country than what we have in all of our armed forces combined. None of them documented, fingerprinted, DNA, background check, psychiatric history, or anything. 99% of all of these “ghosts” coming in are completely off the radar but all have one thing in common. They are all brought in to this country either with the help of, or the permission of quite possibly the most evil human beings to walk this earth. Nazi Germany didn’t even do things like put humans in vats of acid while alive, or kill parents and hang their bodies off of over passes and then leave their heads outside the children’s schools, or chain people to trees along the roadside and leave them there to die by exposure as their families are forced to watch.
It’s not like our politicians are unaware of this inherent evil, they simply are too addicted to the money and power that’s being provided to them. The rest of us will just deal with the losses of our family members dying from addictions, our children being sold as slaves, and tortured with any sign of opposition.
If people would just inform theirselves to a fraction of what’s happening in Mexico, they’d demand this invasion stop immediately and by force if necessary.