Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has invoked the Invasion Clauses of the U.S. and Texas Constitutions, declaring immigration from Mexico as an invasion. Abbott made the announcement on Tuesday morning.
He did so to “fully authorize” Texas to take “unprecedented measures” to defend the state “against invasion.”
Abbott said he is taking the following steps to keep the state and country safe:
*Deploy the National Guard to safeguard our border and to repel and turn back immigrants trying to cross the border illegally;
*Deploy the Texas Dept. of Public Safety to arrest and return to the border immigrants who crossed illegally and deploy DPS to arrest illegal immigrants for criminal activity;
*Build a border wall in multiple counties on the border;
*Deploy gun boats to secure the border;
*Designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations;
*Enter into a compact with other states to secure the border;
*Enter into agreements with foreign powers to enhance border security;
*Provide resources for border counties to increase their efforts to respond to the border invasion.