On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced that he will be invoking an “invasion” clause of the U.S. and Texas Constitutions to combat President Biden’s (D) illegal immigration crisis at the U.S. southern border. The announcement comes shortly after Customs and BorderMore
On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced that he will be invoking an “invasion” clause of the U.S. and Texas Constitutions to combat President Biden’s (D) illegal immigration crisis at the U.S. southern border.
The announcement comes shortly after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that border officials had encountered more than 230,000 migrants attempting to illegally cross the southern border last month – an all-time record for October.
Additionally, CBP officials reportedly told Fox News that there were about 64,000 “gotaways” in October, meaning that more than 2,000 illegal immigrants managed to evade border patrols each day.
“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,” Abbott announced on Tuesday.
“I’m using that constitutional authority, & other authorization & Executive Orders to keep our state & country safe,” he added.
Abbott included a list of actions that Texas would take to address the problem, including deploying the National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety to protect the border and turn back migrants attempting to cross the border illegally, and designating Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.
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: pic.twitter.com/2Jt5HEMgp5
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 15, 2022
On Tuesday, the FBI announced the arrests of two illegal Venezuelan migrants for allegedly dragging, pushing, and punching a US Border Patrol agent in Texas.
The illegal immigrants – Kevin Escalona Gonzalez, 35, and 27-year-old Yuleixy Mata Fuentes – were arrested for an assault on a federal officer on October 31.
“At approximately 6:45 a.m. that day, a U.S. Border Patrol agent was advised of a group of undocumented non-citizens crossing into the United States. It was not clear how many migrants were in the initial group,” Fox News reported. “The agent followed the group into a residential area adjacent to Ascarate Park.”
“The group dispersed and ran, however, the agent caught up to Gonzalez and Fuentes, who refused to comply with commands,” Fox News continued. “The agent attempted to handcuff them; however, they allegedly resisted arrest and an altercation ensued.”
The FBI said that the agent was “pushed, dragged, and punched by the individuals.” The agent was eventually able to gain control of the illegal immigrants without further incident, the FBI said.
“The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol work tirelessly to keep our borders safe,” said FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey. “Assaults on Border Patrol agents or any other federal agents/officers or task force officers will not be tolerated and will be addressed swiftly by our office so they can continue to carry out their sworn duty to protect our communities.”
On Wednesday, two Republican senators accused Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of “dereliction of duty,” saying that his neglect of border security has led to the illegal immigration crisis and could serve as grounds for impeachment.
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made the comments in a letter to Mayorkas, warning that Republicans will likely take Congress in a few months and hold Mayorkas accountable for his “willful negligence.”
“Your failure to faithfully enforce this nation’s immigration laws and willful blindness to the very real humanitarian crisis at our southern border amounts to a gross dereliction of duty and a violation of your oath of office. Historically high levels of illegal immigration and illicit drug trafficking demonstrate that our southern border is open for every kind of public health and national security threat imaginable,” the letter began. “Despite the heroic efforts by the men and women of Border Patrol, who operate with very little support from Washington, D.C., you have failed to achieve any semblance of operational control of the southern border. We have grave concerns about what this failure means for both national security and the health and safety of American citizens. These failures cannot go unaddressed, and your actions cannot be unaccounted for. The American people deserve better.”
The senators explained that the “conclusion that you have been derelict in your duties is supported by data from your own department. Since you assumed office as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 19 months ago, there have been over 4.4 million illegal crossings, including over 3.5 million apprehensions by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and at least 900,000 gotaways, who evaded apprehension.”
The senators then listed some of the illegal immigration records broken during Mayorkas’ time in office, including, “2,150,639 illegal alien encounters by CBP on the southern border in fiscal year 2022, the most ever in a single year; 1,734,686 encounters in fiscal year 2021, the second-most ever in a single year; 41,166 encounters in May 2022 alone, the most ever encounters in a single month; 235,706 encounters in April 2022 alone, the second-most ever encounters in a single month.”
“This deluge of illegal immigration shows no signs of stopping, or even slowing down. Border Patrol agents are currently logging 8,000 illegal alien encounters every day,” the letter said. “These numbers are stretching the Border Patrol to its operational limits, with many agents being pulled from enforcement duties in order to provide caretaking to the ever-growing stream of aliens.”
“Far from taking steps to address this crisis and secure the southern border, you have allowed the situation to worsen and pursued policies that have greatly exacerbated the problem while continuing to insist that ‘the border is secure,’” the letter concluded. “This is gross dereliction of duty and, if not corrected swiftly, could provide grounds for impeachment. We fully expect that in a few months’ time a Republican-led Congress will hold you to account for your willful negligence regarding the security of the southern border and the safety of the American people. We ask that you provide a full accounting of what DHS will do to achieve operational control of the southern border, as it is required to do by law, and stop the flow of illegal aliens and illicit drugs into the United States. Lives are depending on it.”
In response to the news that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have encountered 2,150,370 migrants attempting to illegally cross the southern border so far in fiscal year 2022, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has called for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign.
“I write with alarm over record-setting levels of illegal immigration into our country. According to your own department’s statistics, Customs & Border Protection agents have now encountered over 2 million illegal immigrants crossing our southern border this fiscal year,” Hawley wrote. “This is substantially higher than last year’s record 1.7 million encounters, and the year is still not even over. This number represents more than a four-fold increase in illegal immigration compared to FY 2020. And these are only the official statistics, which fail to capture the many got-aways who evaded detection. After two years on the job, you have demonstrated that you have no intention of enforcing our immigration laws.”
“Your total abdication of responsibility to secure the border has consequences. It has resulted in a record 78 individuals on a terror watchlist entering our country this year alone. And those are only the ones we know about,” Hawley added.
Hawley then recalled a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last year during which Mayorkas said, “We have a plan, we our executing on our plan, and we will continue to do so.”
Mayorkas added that the plan “is in fact working.” Meanwhile, the United States “was experiencing 200,000 illegal immigrant encounters per month,” Hawley noted.
“Now, we have already eclipsed last year’s records. So let me ask you again, exactly one year later, was this your plan? Do you consider 2 million illegal immigrants crossing our border to be a success?” Hawley asked.
“Sadly, I think you do. This was the predictable result of your open border policies. Your intentional disregard for our country’s immigration laws makes you unfit to remain in office. You should resign,” Hawley concluded.
On Tuesday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dismantled claims by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), chairman of the House Democrats, who said that DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) were “behaving like human traffickers.”
Jeffries’ comments came after DeSantis sent 50 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a vacation spot for affluent Democrats in Massachusetts.
“The behavior of individuals like Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott is radical, reckless, regressive and reprehensible,” Jeffries claimed during a press conference. “They should start behaving like governors and stop behaving like human traffickers. They are putting politics over people in the most egregious way possible.”
That afternoon, DeSantis responded, saying, “When Biden is flying these people all over the fruited plain in the middle of the night, I didn’t hear a peep out of those people.”
“I didn’t hear a peep,” DeSantis continued. “I haven’t heard a peep about all the people that have been told by Biden you can just come in, and they’re going, they’re being abused by the cartels, they’re drowning in the Rio Grande. You had 50 that died in some shed in Texas. I heard no outrage about any of that. I haven’t heard outrage about all the fentanyl that’s come across the border that’s killing Americans in record numbers. I don’t hear outrage about the criminal aliens that have gotten through and have then victimized people — not only in Florida, but all throughout the country. I didn’t hear any outrage about that. The only thing I hear them getting upset about is you have 50 that end up in Martha’s Vineyard, then they get really upset.”
“And I’m sorry, those migrants were being treated horribly by Biden,” DeSantis continued. “They were hungry, homeless, they had no opportunity at all. State of Florida, it was volunteer, offered transport to sanctuary jurisdictions, because it’s our view that one, the border should be secured. And we want to have Biden reinstitute policies like Remain in Mexico and making sure that people aren’t overwhelming. But short of that, if you believe in open borders, then it’s the sanctuary jurisdictions that should have to bear the brunt of the open borders — so that’s what we’re doing. But what happened was, they were they were provided an ability to be in the most posh sanctuary jurisdiction maybe in the world.”
“And obviously, it’s sad that Martha’s Vineyard people deported them the next day; they could have absorbed this, they chose not to,” he added. “But what it shows is, if 50 was a burden on one of the richest places in our country, what about all these other communities that have been overrun with hundreds or thousands?”