Texas’ southern border is being invaded.
That’s not me being hyperbolic, it’s the official state of the state since Governor Greg Abbott invoked Article 1 of the US Constitution to defend against Mexican drug cartels crossing into the country over his state line.
“The federal government’s failure has forced me to invoke Article I, § 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, thereby enabling the State of Texas to protect its own territory against invasion by the Mexican drug cartels,” Abbott said in a letter to President Biden.
The letter continued: “Ranches are being ripped apart, and homes are vulnerable to intrusion. Our border communities are regularly disrupted by human traffickers and bailouts. Deadly fentanyl is crossing the porous border to such a degree that it is now the leading cause of death for citizens between the ages of 18 and 45.”
On the day of Abbott’s declaration, the line of migrants at Eagle Pass in TX stretched five miles long back into Mexico, with roughly 4,000 entering that day alone. Which of the migrants in line are fleeing legitimate hardship and which are trafficking people or drugs is impossible to tell.
Abbott’s declaration accompanied a disaster declaration by the mayor of Eagle Pass, as he requested more resources to deal with the invaders – more resources than the already controversially implemented buoy barricades fitted with razor wire, the wall of shipping containers, and the presence of Texas National Guard troops.
Meanwhile, Abbott has employed another controversial tactic to try to coax the federal government into doing its job.
Texas is giving liberal enclaves the “border town experience” by loading the immigrants who they’re not allowed to deport onto busses and dropping them off in cities like Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York City. So far they’ve lessened the burden of immigrants on Texas by over 36,000.
One immigration activist in Los Angeles complained to the Dallas Observer that “’There is very little notice that a bus is en route. Sometimes they’ll be lucky to have 24 hours to prepare; Abbott’s plan is steeped in randomness and chaos.” It’s almost as if Los Angeles is having to deal with some of the same problems Texas border towns do, and they aren’t very happy about it.
A few weeks ago, the New York Times reported on the situation in New York City, “In a sharp escalation over the migrant crisis, Mayor Eric Adams claimed in stark terms that New York City was being destroyed by an influx of 110,000 asylum seekers from the southern border and said that he did not see a way to fix the issue.
“’Let me tell you something New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to — I don’t see an ending to this’ the mayor said on Wednesday night in his opening remarks at a town hall-style gathering in Manhattan. ‘This issue will destroy New York City.’” He’s starting to understand what Texas has gone through for decades, although only 13,700 of those immigrants have been brought up from the border state.
The Times article went on, “The financial and logistical burden has caused the mayor to repeatedly press Mr. Biden for help this summer, saying last week that the city’s requests were still mostly ‘unaddressed’ and calling for a federal emergency and a national ‘decompression strategy at the border.’
“Mr. Adams repeated the critique on Wednesday.
“’We’re getting no support on this national crisis,’ he said.
The wealthy, liberal community of Martha’s Vineyard received a shipment of immigrants from FL last year, under the leadership of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
NPR reported, “’We have the governor of Florida … hatching a secret plot to send immigrant families like cattle on an airplane,’ said state Rep. Dylan Fernandes, who represents Martha’s Vineyard. ‘Ship them women and children to a place they weren’t told where they were going and never alerted local officials and people on the ground here that they were coming. It is an incredibly inhumane and depraved thing to do.’”
I’ve never seen cattle on an airplane, although I suppose I’ve felt like one, the same as anyone else who’s flown, but Fernandes must be used to flying first class.
The NPR article continued, “In Martha’s Vineyard, the migrants are staying at a church shelter while local authorities and nonprofit organizations figure out what’s going to happen next. Lisa Belcastro, who runs a homeless shelter on the island, said resources were initially scarce.
“”Everything from beds to food to clothing to toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets, sheets. I mean, we had some of it … but we did not have the numbers that we needed.’
“Most of the arrivals spoke little or no English, and Spanish-speaking high school students were pressed into service as interpreters.”
Surely, it must be both vindicating and frustrating for border town residents to both have their critics express an understanding of the problem AND express that the border towns and states are the only ones who should have to deal with it.
Texas is being invaded and looking to Washington for support. How can the White House continue to “play” dumb?