During an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) referred to the massive influx of illegal immigrants as an “invasion,” and defended his executive order allowing his state’s law enforcement to send the illegals back to Mexico.
According to Abbott, the massive flow of illegals across the southern border is driven by drugs and human trafficking cartels.
“The United Nations declared the border between Texas or the United States and Mexico to be the worst death border and most dangerous border in the entire world,” the governor said.
“We know about 42 terrorists who have been apprehended coming across the border, that’s not counting the got-aways, and then there’s the fentanyl coming across the border,” Abbott added. “So, yes, we do have an invasion driven by the cartels coming across our border that are pouring people into our country at unprecedented levels.”
The governor went on to note that he had a “technical reason” behind his decision to define the influx of illegal immigrants as an “invasion,” which was found in the Constitution.
“There are two parts of the U.S. Constitution,” Abbott said.
“In that executive order that I issued this past week, I referenced both of those, plus I reference a provision of the Texas constitution that also uses the word invasion,” he continued, referring to Article IV, § 4 of the U.S. Constitution, which states that “[t]he United States . . . shall protect each [State in this Union] against Invasion.”
“The purpose of using those words is it triggers certain additional ways and strategies that states can use their powers to try to protect against actions such as those that are driven by the cartels,” Abbott added.
In the same interview, the governor predicted that a “red wave” is coming in the November midterms, especially in the counties along the southern border, which typically lean Democrat.
“This is going to be a massive red wave along the border,” Abbott said. “The border counties and the border districts have historically always been Democrat. The one that Mayra Flores won was always held by a Democrat, it’s now held by a Republican.”
“We will see other Republican victories along the border, because so many people on the border are so angry about the Biden administration’s approach to the open border policy,” he claimed.
Abbott also called out the Supreme Court for siding with the Biden administration in a recent case surrounding illegal immigration, as the court decided to allow the White House to end former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.
“[The Biden administration… predicted that after the elimination of these policies, we should have about 18,000 people coming across the border illegally per day,” the governor said. “Extrapolate that for an annual basis, you’re going to have more than 6 million people coming across the border a year. … This is outrageous, and the reason Americans are so angry about the Biden administration’s approach to the border.”
Abbott went on to condemn the endorsement of Democrat Beto O’Rourke by the president of Mexico for the gubernatorial race in Texas.
“All of these illegal immigrants coming from Mexico into Texas, they are allowed into Mexico by President Lopez Obrador. And they’re coming from countries across the entire world,” the governor said.
“Can you imagine anything worse in the United States of America than having Lopez Obrador working with Biden and O’Rourke with the open-door border policies?” Abbott asked. “My fellow Americans, it would be a crushing disaster from which we may never recover from … It would destroy our country.”