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DEVELOPING STORY: Oklahoma has become the first state to publicly affirm their support of Texas in the state’s standoff with the federal government over border security.
“Oklahoma stands with Texas,” Gov. Kevin Stitt wrote Wednesday on X.
A number of other Red State governors have also declared their support including Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
House Speaker Mike Johnson also affirmed his support of the Lone Star State.
“I stand with Governor Abbott. The House will do everything in its power to back him up,” he said. “The next step: holding Secretary Mayorkas accountable.”
The Texas National Guard has continued to erect border fencing, razor wire and barricades in an effort to stop illegals from invading the Lone Star State. The state military doubled down after the Supreme Court ruled that the Biden Administration was within its rights to tear down the barriers.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a declaration Wednesday afternoon affirming the state’s constitutional right to self-defense.
He accused President Biden of failing to enforce and violating immigration laws already on the books.
“President Biden has ignored Texas’s demand that he perform his constitutional duties,” Abbott wrote in a letter declaring that the state had been invaded.
“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.”
My statement on Texas’ constitutional right to self-defense. pic.twitter.com/seNFZdmujP— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 24, 2024