Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Trump Says Texas Rightly Invoked 'Invasion' Clause Over Biden's Open Border; Abbott Escalates Border Dispute From Political Crisis to Constitutional Crisis; Texas Is Correct To Defend Its Sovereignty From the Border Invasion

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Trump Says Texas Rightly Invoked 'Invasion' Clause Over Biden's Open Border:
Former President Trump chimed in on the unfolding border situation in Texas between state officials and the federal Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), saying that President Biden is "unbelievable" for what he's done.
"Joe Biden has surrendered our border and is aiding and abetting a massive invasion of millions of illegal migrants into the United States," Trump said in a Thursday post to Truth Social.
"Instead of fighting to protect our country from this onslaught, Biden is, unbelievably, fighting to tie the hands of Governor [Greg] Abbott and the state of Texas so that the invasion continues unchecked.
"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 continued.
The comments come as the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard are engaged in a high-profile conflict with the Biden administration over the use of razor wire along the Rio Grande river separating Texas and Mexico.
Last week, the US Supreme Court allowed the Biden administration to remove the razor wire while a court case plays out - however Texas has remained defiant, and instead deployed more razor wire at the border.
As the Epoch Times notes, some legal experts have pointed out that the Supreme Court decision doesn't actually prohibit Texas from installing more razor wire - it just allows federal officials to cut it. --->READ MORE HERE
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Abbott Escalates Border Dispute From Political Crisis to Constitutional Crisis:
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott is citing a constitutional provision that he says allows him to secure the U.S. border with Mexico by any means necessary to defend against what he and other Republicans have characterized as an invasion of migrants who are smuggling drugs, draining resources and generally wreaking havoc on the American way of life.
The stalemate he has created with the federal government, which is generally recognized as having final authority over the nation’s borders, catapults the issue from a humanitarian crisis to a constitutional crisis – potentially teeing up yet another controversial issue for the Supreme court ahead of the 2024 presidential election, which Republicans are keen on making a referendum on border security.
The Biden administration, bolstered by a ruling from the high Court earlier this week, contests that it has the ultimate authority over what strategies can and cannot be employed to stem the flow of migrants. But in a novel – and far-from universally accepted – interpretation of the Constitution, Abbott is seeking for Texas the right to act on its own.
“The federal government has broken the compact between the United States and the States,” Abbott charged in a statement issued on Wednesday, citing Article IV of the Constitution, which guarantees to states that the federal government “shall protect each of them against Invasion.”
“The Executive Branch of the United States has a constitutional duty to enforce federal laws protecting States, including immigration laws on the books right now. President Biden has refused to enforce those laws and has even violated them,” Abbott said.
He went on to accuse Biden of being a “lawless president who does nothing to stop external threats like cartels smuggling millions of illegal immigrants across the border.”
The failure of the Biden administration to protect the border, Abbott argued, triggers Article I of the Constitution, which is where things get legally tricky. A section of that article prohibits states in most cases from entering independent compacts with foreign governments or waging wars. But it adds the key qualifier that the prohibitions apply to the states “unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.” --->READ MORE HERE
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