Monday, February 14, 2022

Arizona AG Rules States Can Deploy Forces to Fight Border ‘invasion’; Says State Can Cite ‘invasion’ to Deport Migrants Without Feds; Mark Brnovich States in Legal Opinion the State Can Defend Itself From the Influx of Migrants Under the US Constitution

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Arizona AG rules states can deploy forces to fight border ‘invasion’:
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has officially ruled that the chaos on the Mexican border constitutes an “invasion” under the U.S. Constitution, clearing the way for the state’s governor to defend the boundary with police or troops of his own.
Mr. Brnovich, a Republican, said America’s founding document specifically gives states the right to wage war in case of an invasion, particularly when the federal government has failed to protect the states.
The unprecedented legal ruling, issued late Monday, sets a new political marker for border-state voters and politicians, and marks the latest in a back-and-forth between states and the feds over how to handle the waves of illegal immigrants who’ve streamed across the boundary in recent years.
“The on-the-ground violence and lawlessness at Arizona’s border caused by cartels and gangs is extensive, well-documented, and persistent. It can satisfy the definition of ‘actually invaded’ and ‘invasion’ under the U.S. Constitution,” the Republican attorney general wrote in his opinion.
He said it’s up to the governor to invoke the power and decide what sort of defense to mount. But he said ideas like calling up more National Guard troops, more forcefully deploying them to go after drug smugglers, and even building or improving the border wall could qualify as valid defenses. --->READ MORE HERE
Arizona AG says state can cite ‘invasion’ to deport migrants without feds
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich claims in a new legal opinion that Republican Gov. Doug Ducey can declare the Grand Canyon State to be under “invasion” in order to begin deporting suspected illegal immigrants — but Ducey appears reluctant to do so.
The approach would theoretically allow Arizona to break with the Biden administration and start turning away people at the US-Mexico border, where officials made approximately 1.9 million arrests last year.
“The federal government’s failure to secure the border and protect Arizona from invasion is dangerous and unprecedented,” Brnovich wrote. “Thankfully, the Founders foresaw that States might need to protect themselves from invasion and made clear in the Constitution that States retain the sovereign power to defend themselves within their own territory.”
Republican Arizona state Rep. Jake Hoffman requested the opinion, which was published Monday night, after former Trump administration officials Ken Cuccinelli and Russ Vought proposed last year that border states like Arizona dust off an obscure provision in the Constitution to address the border crisis. --->READ MORE HERE
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+++++Arizona's Republican Attorney General calls Biden's border crisis an 'INVASION': Mark Brnovich states in legal opinion the state can defend itself from the influx of migrants under the US Constitution+++++

AG Mark Brnovich wants to send troops to the border (and himself to the Senate)

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