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.
Be sure to check out @SaraCarterDC's new podcast exposing the true reality of the border crisis.
From human trafficking to illicit drugs to national security threats, @DarkWarsPod covers it all.
Below is a clip from her first episode recapping my trip to the Darién Gap. pic.twitter.com/NqfHtSDJH0
— Rep. Tom Tiffany (@RepTiffany) October 26, 2022
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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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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