- Governor Abbott has accused Biden of being a ‘lawless president’ and invoked Texas’ right to ‘self-defense’
- It is the latest sign of worsening relations between Texas and the Federal government
- It comes after Biden demanded Federal agents be granted access to a park that Texas has been using to arrest new arrivals
Governor Greg Abbott accused Biden of being a ‘lawless president’ and invoked Texas’ right to defend itself against an ‘invasion’ on the southern border.
On Wednesday afternoon, Abbott released an excoriating statement that claimed ‘President Biden has violated his oath to faithfully execute immigration laws enacted by Congress’.
He added that he would use the ‘right of self-defense’ to protect Texas from what he termed an ‘invasion’ of migrants on the southern border.
It is the latest escalation in a worsening row between the Texas governor and the president.
Texas has borne the brunt of immigration and contains one of the busiest crossing points in the country at Eagle Pass – which saw 22,000 people enter in one week before Christmas.
In Wednesday’s statement, Abbott said: ‘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.
‘President Biden has violated his oath to faithfully execute immigration laws enacted by Congress.’
He went on to claim that Biden had ‘instructed his agencies to ignore federal statutes that mandate the detention of illegal immigrants’.
He also accused him of wasting taxpayer money and allowing migrants an ‘en masse parole’ into the US.
He added: ‘James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and the other visionaries who wrote the U.S. Constitution foresaw that States should not be left to the mercy of a lawless president who does nothing to stop external threats like cartels smuggling millions of illegal immigrants across the border.
‘That is why the Framers included both Article IV, § 4, which promises that the federal government ‘shall protect each [State] against invasion,’ and Article I, § 10, Clause 3, which acknowledges ‘the States’ sovereign interest in protecting their borders.’
He said that failures by the Biden administration meant he was going to ‘invoke Texas’ constitutional authority to defend and protect itself’.
He ended: ‘That authority is the supreme law of the land and supersedes any federal statutes to the contrary.
‘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.’
It was not immediately clear what steps Abbott would be taking in ‘self-defense’ but this week saw Texas officials start to arrest migrants in Eagle Pass before they had had a chance to surrender to US immigration agents.
The arrests were the first of their kind. Usually, migrants – even those who enter the US illegally – are allowed to surrender to US Border Patrol agents to seek asylum.
It also follows the Biden administration on Tuesday demanding that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton allow federal agents to access Shelby Park in Eagle Pass where state law enforcement officers have been arresting migrants.
It marked a worsening standoff between the state and the federal government in the town of Eagle Pass.
CBO: Biden Admin Has Released 6.2 Million Illegal Migrants into U.S. in 3 Years, Often Through ‘Parole’ Loophole
President Joe Biden’s deputies have let 6.2 million illegal migrants into the United States, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Biden’s southern inflow is more than one migrant for every two American births since January 2021.
“More of those people are also being released into the United States than previously, generally through the use of parole authority or with a notice to appear before an immigration judge,” said the report, titled “The Demographic Outlook: 2014 to 2054.”
The 2023 inflow included 900,000 migrants who were released after they walked up to official border gates plus 1.1 million migrants who were released after they crossed through gaps in the border wall, said the CBO agency, which acts as an advisor to Capitol Hill legislators.
Roughly half of those migrants — 1.1 million — were let into the country by October 1, via Biden’s use of the “parole” loophole in border law, the CBO reported. Biden and his Democrat allies are now trying to expand the parole doorway.
The 2023 inflow also included 860,000 “gotaways” who sneaked past Biden’s half-built and lightly guarded border wall and 430,000 people who remained in the United States long after their visas had expired.
The figure is close to the partial data released by the Department of Homeland Security in early January.
The CBO data does not include hundreds of thousands of migrants released since October 1.
The report noted that “CBO estimates that, on net, the number of people immigrating to the United States was 1.2 million in 2021 and 2.7 million in 2022.”
So Biden’s three years of inflows — 1.2 million, 2.7 million, and 3.3 million — up to October — add up to 6.2 million illegal migrants.
This massive migrant inflow has helped to flatline Americans’ wages and spike the cost of housing, making it more difficult for American families to have many children.
The CBO report noted that Americans’ “projected total fertility rate [fell] from 1.75 to 1.70 births per woman” in 2023.
In Canada, the same causes and effects have sharply reduced the Canadian birth rate.
Polls show that Biden’s inflow is very unpopular and may prevent his reelection.
The CBO report did not discuss the legal inflow of foreign visitors who illegally take jobs for several months before returning home. This B-1/B-2 visa fraud is rarely mentioned by U.S. officials.
The CBO report also estimated that Biden will import an additional 3.3 million illegal migrants in 2024.