Texas Gov Abbott Orders Migrants Sent Back to Border for Deportation
Governor overrules Joe Biden and is sending illegal border crossers back
The Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has ordered law enforcement to round up illegal migrants and send them back to the border for deportation.
Abbott ordered National Guardsmen and state police to return apprehended migrants to the border after they've been caught illegally entering the United States.
The announcement follows news of approximately 5,000 migrants being apprehended in Texas over the July Fourth weekend.
Abbott says Democrat Joe Biden's policies are to blame for the migrant crisis at the border.
"I have authorized the Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety to begin returning illegal immigrants to the border to stop this criminal enterprise endangering our communities,” Gov. Abbott said.
"As the challenges on the border continue to increase, Texas will continue to take action to address those challenges caused by the Biden Administration.”
On Thursday, Gov. Abbott signed an executive order ordering and empowering the Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety to return illegals.
The order instructs agencies to “apprehend illegal immigrants who illegally cross the border between ports of entry and return them to the border.”
"While President Biden refuses to do his job and enforce the immigration laws enacted by Congress, the State of Texas is once again stepping up and taking unprecedented action to protect Americans and secure our southern border,” Abbott added.
"The cartels have become emboldened and enriched by President Biden’s open border policies, smuggling in record numbers of people, weapons, and deadly drugs like fentanyl.”
Abbott’s order follows a declaration by Kinney County that the border county is being “invaded.”
Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan said, “We will no longer allow the sovereignty of Texas to be invaded by those unwilling to obey our laws.”
He and officials from several other border and non-border counties called on the governor to take additional actions they believe are authorized under the U.S. and Texas constitutions.
"We are taking these steps in hopes of encouraging our Governor to acknowledge the existence of an invasion on our border with Mexico and take the necessary actions to preserve and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Texas,” Tully’s added in his statement.
The governor added:
“As noted in the executive order, the Biden Administration has abandoned the covenant, in Article IV, § 4 of the U.S. Constitution, that ‘[t]he United States . . . shall protect each [State in this Union] against Invasion,’ and thus has forced the State of Texas to build a border wall, deploy state military forces, and enter into agreements as described in Article I, § 10 of the U.S. Constitution to secure the State of Texas and repel the illegal immigration that funds the cartels.”
Other steps taken by Governor Abbott and the State of Texas to secure the border can be found here.