Texas counties declare “invasion” amid border crisis

Several Texas counties on Tuesday declared a “border invasion” to pressure the state governor to make a similar statement.

The statement does not grant the counties any additional legal authority and may not even be legal – but officials hoped it would draw attention to the border crisis.

“We’re going to be ambushed. The facts are there,” Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan said at a news conference in Brackettville, Texas. “This is real. We want America to know this is real. America doesn’t know what’s happening here.”

County officials from Kinney, Goliad, Terrell and Uvalde counties have criticized the Biden administration for what they called its “open borders policy.”

The officers each shared stories of how their communities are being inundated with immigrants while people and drugs are smuggled through their small towns on a daily basis.

The number of reported encounters with migrants along the US-Mexico border made history again in May, reaching a staggering 239,416 encounters, according to the latest available monthly statistics from Customs and Border Protection.

The counties have been contacted by a former President Donald Trump official, Ken Cuccinelli, who has persuaded them to believe they can use the “self-help provision of the Constitution to declare an invasion.”

“This gives the governor, who has made a similar decision, the authority to reverse this invasion,” Cuccinelli said at today’s news conference.

The ruling gives the counties no additional legal authority and may not even be legal - but officials hoped it would draw attention to the border crisis.
The ruling does not grant the counties any additional legal authority, but officials hoped it would draw attention to the border crisis.
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The former Trump Department of Homeland Security official claims that after the Kinney County Attorney, a judicial agency, declared an invasion, Gov. Greg Abbott can “cancel” immigrants. He envisions a Title 42-style program where immigrants — including asylum seekers — are automatically deported when they cross the Texas border.

The Center for Renewing America has reached out to states and counties across the country, looking for local governments willing to get involved, the organization’s spokeswoman told The Post.

A Fox News legal analyst said that would likely not serve a court challenge.

The ruling says asylum-eligible cases will be expedited in months instead of years to reduce court backlogs.
In May there was a record 239,416 encounters at the border.
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“As they say in Texas, this dog doesn’t hunt. They are invoking the guarantee clause of Article 4, Section 4 and that concerns an invasion which is commonly interpreted and has long been interpreted to mean an actual foreign invasion in the form of an army, an organized force,” Jonathan Turley said Fox News.

In the past, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has resisted calls by the same group to declare an “invasion,” according to the Texas Tribune. Texas counties declare “invasion” amid border crisis


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