Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order Thursday mobilizing the state’s National Guard and Department of Public Safety officers to deport illegal immigrants.
The decision comes days after Texas county leaders declared an “invasion” at the borderand called on the governor to take action.
“Cartels have become emboldened by Biden’s open border policies,” Abbott wrote in a Twitter post announcing the order. “Texas is taking unprecedented action to STOP this criminal enterprise.”
The order thrashes the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis, led by Kamala Harris, and allows state authorities to take apprehended illegals back to Mexican ports of entry.
“Securing the international border is the federal government’s responsibility, but President Biden has refused to enforce the immigration laws enacted by Congress,” the order states.
“The cartels refer to these open-border policies as la invitación (“the invitation”), reflecting the perception that President Biden welcomes immigrants to make the dangerous trek across our southern border,” it continues.
The governor’s order notes the 53 dead immigrants found in the back of an 18-wheeler near San Antonio last week as an example of the dangers illegals are subjected to.
Abbott also puts the Biden administration on notice over the “42 subjects on the terrorist watchlist” arrested coming across the border since January 2021, as well as the “unknown number” of terrorists that made it into Texas without being caught.
Continuing, the order says, “President Biden’s failure to protect our border has necessitated action by the State of Texas to ensure public safety and to defend against violations of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
The Executive Order cites the Biden administration’s attempts at terminating Title 42 border expulsions as an act that would result in as many as 18,000 immigrant apprehensions per day, according to the DHS.
Governor Abbott also tells the feds their open border policies are supporting drug cartels, writing, “Biden’s reckless refusal to secure the border will provide material support to the cartels, allow them to smuggle more dangerous people, drugs, and weapons into Texas, and embolden cartel gunmen to continue shooting at state and federal officials.”
Abbott’s order accuses Sleepy Joe of an impeachable offense by failing to protect the borders of states like Texas.
“President Biden’s failure to faithfully execute the immigration laws enacted by Congress confirms that he has abandoned the covenant, in Article IV, § 4 of the U.S. Constitution, that ‘[t]he United States . . . shall protect each [State in this Union] against Invasion,’ and thus has forced the State of Texas to build a border wall, deploy state military forces, and enter into agreements as described in Article I, § 10 of the U.S. Constitution to secure the State of Texas and repel the illegal immigration that funds the cartels.”
Concluding the order, the governor writes, “I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, do hereby authorize and empower the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to respond to this illegal immigration by apprehending immigrants who cross the border between ports of entry or commit other violations of federal law, and to return those illegal immigrants to the border at a port of entry. This executive order shall remain in effect and in full force unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor.”
Read the full Executive Order below: