Republican governors nationwide are uniting in support of Texas Governor Greg Abbott as he takes a stand against the Biden regime’s efforts to strip Texas Rangers of their authority to detain and deport illegal aliens.
This action follows the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing Border Patrol agents to remove razor wire fencing installed by Texas at the border.
Earlier this month, Governor Abbott took control of Shelby Park near Eagle Pass, a frequently used location for illegal border crossings.
In his seizure of the area, Governor Abbott has forced all federal agents out, prompting the Biden regime to file multiple lawsuits against him.
Governor Abbott (R) had previously installed approximately 30 miles of razor wire near Eagle Pass on the Texas-Mexico border to counter the influx of illegal aliens allowed in by the Biden regime.
In October, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took legal action against the Biden regime over their removal of razor wire at the border.
On Monday, the US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, sided with the Biden regime, allowing Border Patrol agents to remove razor wire installed on the Texas-Mexico border.
In defiance of the Supreme Court’s decision, Texas officials, including Governor Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, have vowed to continue measures to safeguard Texas’ sovereignty.
On Wednesday, Texas National Guard members began installing more razor wire in Eagle Pass.
Also on Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a fiery statement affirming Texas’ constitutional right to self-defense against the criminal actions of the Biden regime.
In Governor Abbott’s statement, he underscored the federal government’s breach of constitutional duties, accusing Joe Biden of both violating immigration laws and neglecting his responsibilities. “President Biden has refused to enforce those laws and has even violated them, leading to record numbers in illegal immigration,” Abbott stated, citing the over 6 million illegal border crossings in the past three years.
From Governor Abbott’s statement:
“The Executive Branch of the United States has a constitutional duty to enforce federal laws protecting States, including immigration laws on the books right now,” reads the statement. “President Biden has instructed his agencies to ignore federal statutes that mandate the detention of illegal immigrants. The failure of the Biden Administration to fulfill the duties imposed by Article IV, § 4 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. That authority is the supreme law of the land and supersedes any federal statutes to the contrary.”
Read Governor Abbott’s full statement here.
Texas’ strong stance has drawn support from several other Republican-led states, intensifying the standoff between state and federal authorities. Governors from Virginia, Florida, South Dakota, Georgia, Montana, and Oklahoma have publicly announced their support for Texas’s right to self-defense against criminal actions of the Biden regime.
BREAKING.🚨🚨— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) January 25, 2024
“It has begun.”
Red State Governors Announce They ‘Stand with Texas’ in Border Fight with Biden Administrationhttps://t.co/OLdxXxJcBJ
Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida posted the following:
“If the Constitution really made states powerless to defend themselves against an invasion, it wouldn’t have been ratified in the first place and Texas would have never joined the union when it did. TX is upholding the law while Biden is flouting it. FL will keep assisting Texas with personnel and assets.”
If the Constitution really made states powerless to defend themselves against an invasion, it wouldn’t have been ratified in the first place and Texas would have never joined the union when it did.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 24, 2024
TX is upholding the law while Biden is flouting it.
FL will keep assisting… https://t.co/qOJY2zT1hG
Montana’s Governor Greg Gianforte responded with:
“By refusing to act, President Biden is inviting cartels, illegal drugs, and human trafficking into the United States. We must secure the southern border.”
Governor @GregAbbott_TX is doing what @POTUS won’t.— Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) January 24, 2024
By refusing to act, President Biden is inviting cartels, illegal drugs, and human trafficking into the United States.
We must secure the southern border. https://t.co/K1tAy6pE4e
Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem’s response:
“Greg Abbott is exactly right to invoke Texas’ constitutional authority to defend itself. The Biden Administration has created a national security crisis and put Americans in danger. Their failure is an unconstitutional dereliction of duty. South Dakota has been proud to help Gov. Abbott’s efforts to secure our border.”
.@GregAbbott_TX is exactly right to invoke Texas’ constitutional authority to defend itself.— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) January 24, 2024
The Biden Administration has created a national security crisis and put Americans in danger. Their failure is an unconstitutional dereliction of duty.
South Dakota has been proud to… https://t.co/s4NMyvyu3Y
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin also weighed in:
“Virginia stands with Texas. Greg Abbott is doing the job Joe Biden and his border czar refuse to do to secure our border. The Biden administration has turned every state into a border state. We must stop the flow of fentanyl, save lives, and secure our southern border.”
Virginia stands with Texas. @GregAbbott_TX is doing the job Joe Biden and his border czar refuse to do to secure our border.— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) January 25, 2024
The Biden administration has turned every state into a border state. We must stop the flow of fentanyl, save lives, and secure our southern border. https://t.co/XaPu2RqJBP
Oklahoma’s Kevin Stitt echoed the sentiments of his colleagues:
“Oklahoma stands with Texas.”
Oklahoma stands with Texas. https://t.co/67VzVEfEv1— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) January 24, 2024
Even Georgia’s RINO governor Brian Kemp pledged his full support for Texas:
“Enough is enough. Our southern border is in crisis thanks to the Biden administration’s refusal to do their job. Greg Abbott and the state of Texas have our full support.”
Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ reaction:
“If President Biden won’t defend us, states will have to defend themselves. Arkansas stands with Texas.”
If President Biden won’t defend us, states will have to defend themselves. Arkansas stands with Texas. https://t.co/E1PPGex0Xf— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) January 25, 2024
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds wrote:
“When the federal government fails, states step in. Iowa sent the Iowa National Guard and State Troopers down to the border last year to stop this invasion. Iowa stands with Texas.”
When the federal government fails, states step in. Iowa sent the Iowa National Guard and State Troopers down to the border last year to stop this invasion.— Gov. Kim Reynolds (@IAGovernor) January 25, 2024
Iowa stands with Texas. https://t.co/I5YKjyKxJt
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey wrote:
“Texas and the states have stepped up time and time again. The White House? Purposely absent. I have had enough. Texas, you can count on Alabama to have your back.”
Texas and the states have stepped up time and time again. The White House? Purposely absent. I have had enough.— Kay Ivey (@kayiveyforgov) January 25, 2024
Texas, you can count on Alabama to have your back. https://t.co/vtOidjhvRo
Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry posted a video statement.
“Louisiana stands with Texas. Enough is enough.”
Louisiana stands with Texas.— GovJeffLandry (@LAGovJeffLandry) January 25, 2024
Enough is enough. pic.twitter.com/MqC5x3RlOt
In total, 16 states so far — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming — have pledge their support for Texas
On Thursday, 25 Republican governors signed a joint statement pledging their support for Texas.
Here is a list of the states:
Wyoming – Gov. Mark Gordon
Iowa – Gov. Kim Reynolds
Arkansas – Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Montana – Gov. Greg Gianforte
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Idaho – Gov. Brad Little
North Dakota – Gov. Doug Burgum
Nebraska – Gov. Jim Pillen
West Virginia – Gov. Jim Justice
Alabama – Gov. Kay Ivey
Tennessee – Gov. Bill Lee
Louisiana – Gov. Jeff Landry
Georgia Gov. – Brian Kemp
Utah – Gov. Spencer Cox
Virginia – Gov. Glenn Youngkin
South Dakota – Gov. Kristi Noem
Oklahoma – Gov. Kevin Stitt
Alaska – Gov. Mike Dunleavy
Indiana – Gov. Eric Holcomb
Mississippi – Gov. Tate Reeves
Missouri – Gov. Mike Parson
Nevada – Gov. Joe Lombardo
New Hampshire – Gov. Chris Sununu
Ohio – Gov. Mike DeWine
South Carolina – Gov. Henry McMaster
Here is the statement:
“President Biden and his Administration have left Americans and our country completely vulnerable to unprecedented illegal immigration pouring across the Southern border. 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.
“We stand in solidarity with our fellow Governor, Greg Abbott, and the State of Texas in utilizing every tool and strategy, including razor wire fences, to secure the border. We do it in part because the Biden Administration is refusing to enforce immigration laws already on the books and is illegally allowing mass parole across America of migrants who entered our country illegally.
“The authors of the U.S. Constitution made clear that in times like this, states have a right of self-defense, under Article 4, Section 4 and Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution. Because the Biden Administration has abdicated its constitutional compact duties to the states, Texas has every legal justification to protect the sovereignty of our states and our nation.”
LifeSiteNews has more details:
Twenty-five states have declared their support for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as he secures his southern border in defiance of the Biden administration’s efforts to remove razor wire there.
On Thursday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and 24 fellow Republican governors issued a statement backing Gov. Abbott’s use of “every tool and strategy, including razor wire fences, to secure the border.”
“We do it in part because the Biden Administration is refusing to enforce immigration laws already on the books and 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.”
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.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to allow federal border-patrol agents to cut down wire erected by the state, NPR reported, vacating a previous injunction from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prevented the federal agents from dismantling the wire. Trump-appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett cast the deciding vote, siding with the court’s four liberals.
Despite the 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.