On Monday afternoon, county officials in Texas are expected to declare a total invasion at the southern border, according to a spokesman for Kinney County Matt Benacci.
The mayors, judges, attorneys, and sheriffs in Kinney, Uvalde, and Goliad counties are all expected to urge the Governor of Texas Greg Abbott to join them in the effort, but he has not yet been involved, according to a county spokesman that knew about the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about it. According to an April story in The NY Times, Abbott was thinking of making the declaration.
The United States Constitution guarantees that states have the right to defend themselves against an attack.
Article IV, Section 4 of the United States Constitution states that every state in the Union will be given a republican form of government. “Every state shall be protected by Congress from invasion; and on request of the Legislature, or the Executive when Congress is not in session, against the danger of domestic violence,” it reads.
Another provision of the Constitution enables states to declare war against an “invasion,” in addition to Article IV, Section 4.
The statement was organized by a right-wing organization known as the Center for Renewing America, which was headed by former Trump administration officials.
“Several Texas state counties, outside of Congress, have issued a declaration of invasion for the first time in U.S. history, a Constitutional solution we were pushing for more than a year,” according to former Trump White House officials Ken Cuccinelli and Russ Vought, both of the Center for Renewing America.
“While it is unfortunate that the Biden White House has aided and abetted the deterioration of our border and placed Americans very last on the global stage, we are proud to stand along side the history-making county judges, attorneys, and sherrifs who didn’t depend on the Federal officials or even the state governor to guard their families and towns. We urge Governor Abbott to emulate Goliad County’s leaders by stopping with gimmicks in order to treat the erosion of American sovereignty as a real problem.”
On Monday, local officials will meet with Cuccinelli and Texas Rep. Chip Roy, according to a press release.
“To the ‘it’s not an invasion’ crowd, heavily armed members of the Mexican cartels are smuggling people and fentanyl for money into America in violation of this nation’s sovereignty while extending their influence into Texas at the expense of Texans. #StopTheInvasion” Roy tweeted on Saturday.