LATEST: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares invasion at the southern border
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott finally did it. He’s had enough and announced Tuesday that he has invoked the Invasion Clauses of the U.S. and Texas Constitutions to declare the onslaught of migration crossing into the United States from Mexico as an invasion.
In a press release he posted on Twitter he said he will invoke “the Invasion Clauses of the U.S. & Texas Constitutions to fully authorize Texas to take unprecedented measures to defend our state against an invasion. ”
He is authorizing the National Guard to “safeguard our border and to repel and turn back immigrants trying to cross the border illegally.”
The move to force immigrants to turn back is new and unique to the issue. Currently, every migrant that crosses has been given the opportunity to turn themselves into U.S. Customs and Border Protection, declare asylum and almost always is released into the country by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That release is usually pendent upon an order to return to an immigration court at a later date but over the past year many migrants have been released by the DHS without the order.
Over the past fiscal year, there have been more than 2.1 million encounters at the nearly 2,000 mile U.S. Mexico border. It is an almost unheard of number and the situation has deteriorated considerably with more than 800 migrants already found dead by U.S. authorities as they attempt to traverse the dangerous terrain and weather into the United States. Moreover, nearly 1 million known got-a-ways have entered the United States and have disappeared into the country without any security measures in place to locate them, vet them and expel them from the nation.
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Criminal background checks are useless for many of the migrants encountered, Border Patrol officials stressed to me. The background security checks are only used to see if a crime has been committed in the United States. The security checks are not extensive enough, say federal and local law enforcement officials. They noted that they rarely have access to possible crimes committed by illegal migrants outside of the U.S. In my new podcast series Dark Wars: The Border #DarkWarsPodcast we look in-depth at the litany of issues facing the United States as we continue to struggle with a chaotic border.
In fact, U.S. Officials, like former Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tom Homan told #TheSaraCarterShow that the situation is evolving into a national security nightmare for the United States. Many Texas residents and lawmakers, including recently elected Texas Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar, have chided the Biden Administration’s lack of response to the crisis.
I invoked the Invasion Clauses of the U.S. & 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 15, 2022
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Letter reveals that Brian Laundrie’s mother vowed to help “dispose of body”
A letter from Brian Laundrie’s mother revealed her willingness to aid her son in hiding his crime. Roberta, Laundries mother, wrote “burn after reading” on the front and was allegedly committed to helping her son dispose of a body.
The letter has now become the epicenter of a civil suit the Petito family has brought against the Laundrie family. The Petitos are suing the Laundries for emotional distress due to the lack of communication with the Petito family when their daughter had gone missing.
The Laundrie family has claimed that the letter is irrelevant to the case because it was given to their son before the tragically fatal disappearance of Petito. On Tuesday during the hearing, Defense Attorney P. Matthew Luka said, “This document pre-dates Brian and Gabby’s trip so its creation really doesn’t have any relation necessarily to the unfortunate events that unfolded thereafter.” He added, “I know that some of the wording that was used in the letter is unfortunate and might suggest that it has some connection but it doesn’t.”
So what does the letter say?
“If you’re in jail I will bake a cake with a file in it. If you need to dispose of a body. I will show up with a shovel and garbage bags,” Roberta wrote to her son in the letter.
“If you’re in jail I will bake a cake with a file in it. If you need to dispose of a body. I will show up with a shovel and garbage bags.”
This is the Roberta Laundrie “burn after reading” letter she gave to Brian Laundrie.
Sent to me by Petito family attorney. pic.twitter.com/VIiLk3wa4J
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) May 25, 2023
According to reports, Roberta said the verbiage she used in the letter, specifically about the disposal of a body, “were common enough in our circle of friends and family to describe who you could turn to in the most troubling times of your life.”
Moreover, one user on Twitter responded to the tweet of the letter, speculating that Roberta’s letter “sounds like a Jocasta complex,” specifically in response to a section of the letter where she wrote, “not even the unthinkable can get between us.”
The Laundrie family continues to claim that they believe they have done everything the correct way and that Gabby Petito’s disappearance was just as much a mystery to them as to the rest of the world. They claim that they had no knowledge of her disappearance and that the letter is purely a coincidence, with no connection to the fatal loss of Gabby Petito. According to reports, the trial will be held in August of this year.
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