Texas Governor Greg Abbott Declares Emergency on Southern Border

[Photo Credit: By U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Secretary Kelly In Texas: Pool Photos, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70180505]

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) declared Tuesday that he has invoked the Invasion Clauses of the United States and Texas Constitutions in response to President Joe Biden’s (D) southern border immigration issue.

The statement comes as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced fresh figures revealing that approximately 2.4 million illegal immigrants were arrested on the US-Mexico border during Fiscal Year 2022, which ended in September.

“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.” Abbott said.

“Texas must continue our unprecedented efforts to secure our border. Tonight Texans sending a resounding message that we want to keep Texas the beacon of opportunity that we have provided for the past eight years.” He continued later.

Abbott’s declaration comes after he defeated Democrat Beto O’Rourke by 11 points in last week’s midterm election.

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