By Allan Wall, June 23, 2021
The Biden administration has upended Trump’s previous progress made on border security and shows no sign of reversing its policy.
Vice-President Kamala Harris is being criticized by some for not visiting the border. Maybe that’s a useful political ploy but, frankly, I don’t think it makes a whit of difference whether Kamala goes to the border or not.
The chaos on the border is not a result of incompetence or oversight. It’s what the Biden administration wants. After all, how many of these illegal aliens could be naturalized by the next presidential election?
Does that mean that nothing can be done until the next presidential term begins in 2025?
Maybe. On the other hand, maybe not, if Texas Governor Abbott has his way.
The government of Texas has already been fighting back.
At the beginning of the Biden term, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton brought suit against the U.S. government. The Texas attorney general, by the way, is elected by Texas voters, not appointed by the executive as on the federal level.
On June 10th, in the Texas border city of Del Rio, Governor Abbott announced an even more ambitious project, in which Texas itself would take the lead. The occasion was a Border Security Summit.
As Abbott explained to Fox News that night: “We have to build a border [wall]. I’ve been down here talking to the people in the Rio Grande Valley and the way they are being overrun is reprehensible. It’s disastrous what the Biden administration has done.”
So Texas would be constructing the border barrier.
Abbott also told the media this: “The ability to arrest will be enhanced by building border barriers. Some of these border barriers will be built immediately, and whenever anybody tries to modify, attempt, or get through any of these border barriers, that in itself is a crime for which they can be arrested.”
Abbott is claiming that the state of Texas itself has the authority to arrest border-crossers.
Does Texas have the manpower to do all this?
The governor of Texas has a number of security agencies under his authority, including the famed Texas Rangers, the Highway Patrol, the Texas State Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, and the Texas Army National Guard. (Full disclosure: I served in the Texas Army National Guard for a number of years.)
Further assistance can be obtained from municipal and county governments on the border.
So you see, Texas has a mighty host it can deploy in this operation.
And, the state has some non-Texas allies.
Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona has teamed up with Abbott.
Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida says he’ll send personnel, from the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and personnel from sheriffs’ departments.
Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska has agreed to send a couple dozen state troopers from the Cornhusker state to help Texas.
And why not? This is really a national problem. Every state is now a border state.
How about Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, Texas’ neighbor to the north? Is Stitt going to help?
Here’s the 64,000 dollar question: What is the federal government going to do about it?
Will the Biden administration move to shut down Texas’ attempt to control its border?
It’s rather ironic when you think about it.
A state or city can declare itself a “sanctuary” entity and refuse to enforce immigration law or cooperate with immigration authorities. And nothing happens.
But a state which tries to enforce federal immigration law might get in trouble for that!
Let’s see how this goes.
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