More Texas Counties Declare ‘Invasion’ Over Open Border

Add four more Texas counties to the growing list of local governments fed up with President Joe Biden’s open border policies. Judges and commissioners from Frio, Karnes, La Salle and Medina counties last week declared an invasion at the nation’s southern border.

Judges in these four counties joined an expanding effort in southern Texas to convince other counties to declare the invasion.

That push is being led by newly elected Atascosa County Judge Weldon Cude. Before he was sworn into office last November, his county was one of the first in the Lone Star State to issue a disaster declaration and then acknowledge the invasion.

Cude told the Center Square in an exclusive interview that he could not understand why more counties had not declared an invasion. “If you have people from all over the world coming into your county by bus [and] plane or smuggling people and drugs, why wouldn’t you declare an invasion?”

Now, more and more Texas governments are answering his call.

As the judge said, if millions of people are pouring across the nation’s southern border, “What is it — if it isn’t an invasion?”

Kinney County was the first to issue a disaster declaration on April 21, 2021. Then it joined with Goliad and Terrell counties to declare an invasion on July 5, 2022.

They jointly released a statement entitled, “A resolution calling for additional measures to secure the border, stop the invasion at the border and protect our communities.”

It was last November when Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott invoked the Invasion Clauses in both the U.S. and Texas Constitutions to secure the southern border.

At the time, he declared his action would “fully authorize Texas to take unprecedented measures to defend our nation against an invasion.” This came at the urging of many counties to outright define the uncontrolled border chaos as a true “invasion.”

After a reelection campaign that made border security his primary focus, Abbott sent a letter to county judges in the southern part of Texas.

He prodded them to remind representatives to the nation’s capital that the federal government has the responsibility to step up in the face of an invasion.

In a speech, the governor said that Texans have the right to a secure border. “Where, and if, Congress falls short Texas must continue our unprecedented efforts to secure our border.”

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