On July 7, Abbott took what one media report called an "unprecedented step" by issuing an executive order directing state law enforcement officers to apprehend illegal aliens and immediately return them to a port of entry at an international bridge.
"I ... do hereby authorize and empower the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to respond to this illegal immigration by apprehending immigrants who cross the border between ports of entry or commit other violations of federal law, and to return those illegal immigrants to the border at a port of entry," Abbott's executive order states.
It only took two days for Abbott to respond to the five Texas counties, led by Kinney County, that invoked "invasion" language to access more state constitutional authority to deal with the illegal alien onslaught that is resulting in tragedy after tragedy.
Abbott's executive order allows him to call on state military forces under Article IV, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution, as well as relevant sections of the Texas Government Code, to take swift action in response to the problem since the federal government is apparently not doing nearly enough to deal with the problem.
"President [Joe] Biden's failure to protect our border has necessitated action by the State of Texas to ensure public safety and to defend against violations of its sovereignty and territorial integrity," Abbott's order further reads.
"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."
Since Biden illegally took office back in January 2021, Border Patrol agents have reportedly apprehended more than two million illegal aliens trying to enter just Texas alone. Along the entirety of the southwest border during the same time period, agents have detected, but not captured, another 850,000 of them, which they refer to as "getaways."
This is a lot of people, and Abbott says that Biden is refusing to enforce federal laws currently on the books, as enacted by Congress, that require the detention of certain immigrants, including some who have claimed asylum or committed a crime.
"President Biden's reckless refusal to secure the border will provide material support to the cartels, allow them to smuggle more dangerous people, drugs, and weapons into Texas, and embolden cartel gunmen to continue shooting at state and federal officials," Abbott says.
Making an example out of one of the many problems that southern Texas faces due to the Biden regime's refusal to enforce the law, Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe personally drove four illegal aliens to the international bridge in Eagle Pass and released them back to Mexico after Border Patrol was "unable" to take them into custody.
Prior to Abbott's announcement and executive order, Kinney County Attorney Brent Smith says that by the end of July, as many as 25 Texas counties in total were planning to join the "invasion" declaration as well, due to what they are seeing ever since Biden assumed the White House.
"We're at a breaking point," says National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, adding that it is "absolutely" appropriate for Abbott to invoke his powers under the Constitution.
"We've got miles upon miles of border that just aren't patrolled because we have to deal with, frankly, an invasion."
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