On Tuesday, Republican Governor Greg Abbott of Texas invoked the invasion clauses of the United States and Texas to “defend our state against an invasion.”
This is the first time in modern days that a state has determined to defend itself because the federal government has failed to protect its citizens.
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: pic.twitter.com/2Jt5HEMgp5
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 15, 2022
According to the state self-defense clause outlined in Article 1, Section 10, and the invasion clause in Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution, the governor may take measures to defend the state’s sovereignty if the federal government fails to do so.
Abbott just secured his third term as governor, previously declaring in July that Texas National Guard soldiers and Texas Department of Public Safety officers would take custody of illegal immigrants encountered between the ports of entry and “return those illegal immigrants to the border at a port of entry.”
At the time, he said:
“While President Biden refuses to do his job and enforce the immigration laws enacted by Congress, the State of Texas is once again stepping up and taking unprecedented action to protect Americans and secure our southern border.”