Texas governor invokes invasion clause in US and Texas constitutions in response to migrant crisis

Austin, Texas (KWTX) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, recently reelected to his third term, announced Tuesday that he had invoked the invasion clause in the US and Texas constitutions to authorize the state to take “unprecedented action.” take to defend themselves “against an invasion.”

“I use this constitutional authority and other permits and executive orders to protect our state and country,” Abbott tweeted.

The governor said the measures would allow him to deploy the National Guard to “protect, deter and turn back” immigrants attempting to cross the border illegally.

The Texas Department of Public Safety will also be permitted to “detain and bring back to the border” immigrants who cross the border illegally or who commit a crime, Abbott said.

According to Abbott, the state of Texas plans to build a border wall in several border counties, use gunboats to secure the border, designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, enter into a pact with other states to secure the border, and make agreements with foreign powers to Improving border security and providing resources to border counties to increase border security efforts to “response to the border invasion”.

According to the US Customs and Border Protection Agency, a surge in migration from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua in September pushed the number of illegal border crossings to the highest level in any fiscal year.

The Associated Press reported that migrants were stopped 227,547 times at the US-Mexico border in September, the third-highest month of Joe Biden’s presidency. It rose 11.5 percent from 204,087 times in August and 18.5 percent from 192,001 times in September 2021.

In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, migrants were stopped 2.38 million times, a 37% increase from 1.73 million times a year earlier, according to figures released by CBP.

The annual total surpassed 2 million for the first time in August and is more than double what it was during Donald Trump’s presidency in 2019, the Associated Press reported.