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US: 25 states back Texas in historic showdown with President over illegal immigrants

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Twenty five states, all Republican party controlled, as at Friday morning, are yet to shift grounds in their backing of Texas Governor, Greg Abbott,  as he secures his southern border in defiance of the Biden administration.

President Joe Biden had moved to remove razor wire from the border fencing.

On Thursday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and 24 fellow Republican governors issued a statement backing Gov. Abbott.

They urged him to use “every tool and strategy, including razor wire fences, to secure the border.”

In a statement released by the governors jointly, they claimed that Biden Administration is refusing to enforce immigration laws.

“Biden is illegally allowing mass parole across America of migrants who entered our country illegally,” the governors declared.

They noted that “Instead of upholding the rule of law and securing the border, the Biden Administration has attacked and sued Texas for stepping up to protect American citizens from historic levels of illegal immigrants, deadly drugs like fentanyl, and terrorists entering our country.”

Earlier in October, Texas sued the Biden administration after Border Patrol agents cut portions of the razor wire along the Rio Grande border, decrying the Department of Homeland Security’s destruction of state property and obstruction of Texas’ border security efforts.

 

But on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to allow federal border-patrol agents to cut down wire erected by the state.

This vacated a previous injunction from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prevented the federal agents from dismantling the wire.

Despite the court decision, Republican Gov. Abbott released a statement on Wednesday accusing President Joe Biden of “violat[ing] his oath to faithfully execute immigration laws enacted by Congress” by suing Texas for taking action to secure its border instead of prosecuting immigrants who have illegally entered the country.

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Abbott declared that the “failure of the Biden Administration to fulfill the duties imposed by Article IV, § 4,” which promises that the federal government “shall protect each [State] against invasion,” has triggered Article I, § 10, Clause 3, “which reserves to this State the right of self-defense.”

“For these reasons, I have already declared an invasion under Article I, § 10, Clause 3 to invoke Texas’s constitutional authority to defend and protect itself … The Texas National Guard, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other Texas personnel are acting on that authority, as well as state law, to secure the Texas border,” Abbott wrote.


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