As the showdown between the Biden administration and southern border states escalates, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has vowed to send National Guard troops to help Texas defend its border.
Conservatives allege that Biden administration policies have opened the door for more than seven million illegal immigrants to cross the southern border into America.
Governors across the Union have repeatedly expressed concerns over Biden’s open border policies, which have left states to cover the multibillion-dollar price tag associated with managing the influx of illegals. Overwhelmed cities in the north and south report that the flood of illegals correlates with a spike in drug-related activity and deaths, human trafficking and a housing crisis.
Recently, Biden administration officials ordered Texas to remove barriers and razor wire designed to deter illegal immigration. Texas refused. The Biden administration sued and won a partial victory in a recent Supreme Court ruling, which prohibited Texas from stopping administration officials from removing barriers but did not prohibit Texas from setting up barriers.
Biden administration officials gave Texas a deadline to allow federal officials to have control over a key access point frequently used by people crossing illegally into America. Texas has refused, claiming it has a right to protect against an “invasion.”
According to a Fox News report, the Biden administration has also sued Texas over a recent law allowing state law enforcement to arrest illegal immigrants. The suit claims that arresting illegals “interferes with federal control over immigration and border security and has said it is putting agents and migrants in danger.”
To date, more than two dozen Republican governors have sided with Texas Gov. Greg Abbot, with many pledging various forms of support. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem pledged to replace the razor wire removed by federal officials.
On Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged to send “up to 1,000” troops.
DeSantis made a statement in front of a Florida National Guard office as he held a sign reading “Stop the invasion.” “We are here to join as Floridians to say that we need to stop this invasion at our southern border once and for all,” he said.
The Florida governor added: “Biden has the authority to close this border today,” DeSantis said. “If he wanted to, he lacks the will to get the job done. He lacks the capacity to see the problem for what it is and to get the job done.”
Notably, former President Donald Trump urged states to send their National Guard units to help Texas defend the border.
The optics for the Biden administration regarding its handling of the border crisis is poor. Most Americans acknowledge that illegal immigration is a prime concern and principal problem. Sending federal troops to face off against state militias and National Guard units could be political suicide.
Abbot asserts the Constitution requires the federal government to “protect each [State] against invasion” and grants states the right to protect their own borders.
Abbott argued that “the failure of the Biden administration” to fulfill those duties allows state leaders to exercise a clause in Article 1 that “reserves to this State the right of self-defense.”
Abbot has officially declared an “invasion” to invoke the authority, which he calls “the supreme law of the land and supersedes any federal statutes to the contrary.” The governor used federal immigration statistics to justify his claim — noting that last month saw a record 320,000+ illegals crossing into America.
DeSantis believes the law sides with Abbott and that the Biden administration policies are damaging America. He recently posted on social media:
“If the Constitution really made states powerless to defend themselves against an invasion, it wouldn’t have been ratified in the first place and Texas would have never joined the union when it did.”
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