7 Days After Election Win, Abbott Declares War at Border – Deploys Troops, Arms Waterways, Brings Wall Construction Back

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On Tuesday, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared an invasion at the southern border, invoking state powers to provide enhanced security and to return illegal migrants to Mexico.

Abbott invoked the Invasion Clause of the Texas constitution, allowing him to deploy National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety personnel to turn illegal migrants back to Mexico, build a border wall and designate the Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorists.

Migrant encounters at the southern border are on pace to hit another record year after there were at least 2.3 million encounters recorded in fiscal year 2022, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Abbott has long argued that the Biden administration hasn’t done its part to address the illegal migration influx, and in response, he mobilized state resources in March 2021 as part of his “Operation Lone Star” to secure the border.

For months, several Texas counties sought to pressure Abbott, who recently won re-election for the governorship, to make the declaration of invasion.

In the meantime, Abbott has bused thousands of illegal migrants to Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago, cities designated as “sanctuaries” for illegals.

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