Former President Trump encouraged “all willing States” to deploy National Guard members to Texas amid the feud between Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and the federal government over the removal of razor wire across the U.S.-Mexico border.
“In the face of this National Security, Public Safety, and Public Health Catastrophe, Texas has rightly invoked the Invasion Clause of the Constitution, and must be given full support to repel the Invasion,” Trump said in a statement Thursday.
“We encourage all willing States to deploy their guards to Texas to prevent the entry of Illegals, and to remove them back across the Border,” Trump continued. “All Americans should support the commonsense measures by Texas authorities to protect the Safety, Security, and Sovereignty of Texas, and of the American people.”
On Tuesday, the Texas National Guard appeared to ignore a Supreme Court decision approving the removal of the razor wire barriers, and continued construction along the border. Abbot justified his decision, criticizing President Biden for not enforcing and violating immigration laws.
The Texas governor has cited the constitutional authority a state has to defend itself against invasion, as the surge of migrants arriving at the country’s southern border continues.
Trump’s declaration comes as Republican governors in several states have backed Abbott in his standoff against the government’s decision to allow Border Patrol to remove the wire. GOP Govs. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Ron DeSantis of Florida, Glenn Youngkin of Virginia and Brian Kemp of Georgia have all said they support Abbott.
The deputy to Texas governor Gregg Abbott has insisted his state has the right to defend America as he was challenged over whether its stand-off with the White House could plunge the country into civil war.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick urged Joe Biden to de-escalate the stand-off between federal immigration officers and the Texas National Guard facing an ‘invasion’ of migrants crossing the southern border.
The two sides are battling in the courts over the state’s recent seizure of Shelby Park near Eagle Pass, the removal of razor wire erected by Texas, and the placement of buoys in the Rio Grande.
Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo demanded to know where the dispute is heading as she challenged Patrick on Sunday Morning Futures.
‘What is this going to turn into a civil war? I mean, you’ve got the Texas rights versus federal rights, both sides with guns?’