CV NEWS FEED // All but one of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s fellow Republican governors on Thursday signed a statement supporting his invocation of the Lone Star State’s “Constitutional Right to Self-Defense” the day before.
“President Biden and his Administration have left Americans and our country completely vulnerable to unprecedented illegal immigration pouring across the Southern border,” wrote the 25 governors in the statement posted by the Republican Governors Association (RGA):
Instead of upholding the rule of law and securing the border, the Biden Administration has attacked and sued Texas for stepping up to protect American citizens from historic levels of illegal immigrants, deadly drugs like fentanyl, and terrorists entering our country.
The governors noted that they “stand in solidarity with our fellow Governor, Greg Abbott, and the State of Texas in utilizing every tool and strategy, including razor wire fences, to secure the border.”
“We do it in part because the Biden Administration is refusing to enforce immigration laws already on the books and is illegally allowing mass parole across America of migrants who entered our country illegally,” they added.
“Because the Biden Administration has abdicated its constitutional compact duties to the states, Texas has every legal justification to protect the sovereignty of our states and our nation,” the governors concluded.
The only RGA member who did not sign the statement in support of Abbott was liberal Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott.
Abbott sent shockwaves throughout the political landscape Wednesday when he declared in a statement: “The failure of the Biden Administration to fulfill the duties imposed by [Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution] has triggered [Article I, Section 10, Clause 3], which reserves to this state the right of self-defense.”
“For these reasons, I have already declared an invasion … to invoke Texas’s constitutional authority to defend and protect itself,” he emphasized. “The Texas National Guard, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other Texas personnel are acting on that authority, as well as state law, to secure the Texas border.”