As Texas and the federal government continue to be at odds over immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and 12 other Republican governors joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to further push Abbott’s ongoing border security operation.
During the news conference held at Shelby Park – a key city-owned stretch in Eagle Pass that the Texas National Guard has seized and blocked Border Patrol from apprehending and processing migrants – the GOP leaders called out Democratic President Joe Biden for what they consider an “invasion.”
“A state can defend itself and its citizens to protect their safety from the imminent danger that we are facing and from an invasion from millions of people coming across the globe into our country, who are unaccounted for whatsoever,” Abbott said, promising to take control of other parts of the border. “As we speak right now, the Texas National Guard is undertaking operation to expand this… We’re not going to contain ourselves to just this park.”
Reeves, who was recently reelected to a second term and has a history of sending Mississippi National Guard members to the southern border, used the opportunity to call for the American people to vote Biden out and reelect former President Donald Trump.
“It is clear that our nation cannot survive another four years of Joe Bide,” Reeves said. “He’s weakening America’s national security and putting your personals safety at risk – all because of politics. It’s long past time to put a stop to this insanity. Together, we can do it – it starts by voting for Donald Trump in November.”
The feud with the federal government in Texas comes on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month that cleared the way for federal agents to remove razor wire at the border, a decision Abbott and fellow GOP governors say encourages illegal immigration. Abbott, with $11 billion in support from the Texas legislature, has since deployed thousands of state police officers and National Guard members to arrest migrants for trespassing on private lands.
The state-federal standoff has been escalated by recent data from
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