Gov. Greg Abbott Invokes Invasion Clauses U.S. & Texas Constitutions

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he will be invoking an “invasion” clause of both the U.S. Constitution and Texas Constitution to combat ongoing, overwhelming illegal immigration into the state of Texas.

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:

• Deploy the National Guard to safeguard our border & to repel & turn back immigrants trying to cross the border illegally;

• Deploy the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to arrest & return to the border immigrants who crossed illegally & 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.

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