The Federalist posted a piece on Wednesday describing the desperation of local counties in Texas, publicly appealing to GOP Gov. Greg Abbott to fight the federal government on the issue of illegal immigration to help stop the overwhelming surge of millions of unvetted migrants at the southern border.
Kinney County, a border county, and officials in Uvalde and Golidad reportedly said the Biden Administration has no interest in securing the border and will not properly enforce existing laws on the books. They appealed instead to Abbott, urging him to go further than he has in years past by branding the crisis as a foreign “invasion.”
Former Virginia Republican Attorney General and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli, now a Senior Fellow at “The Center for Renewing America,” cosigned a letter posted to Twitter backing the move and calling unchecked illegal immigration an attack on U.S. sovereignty.
Our constitutional solution to the border crisis is live!
For the first time in U.S. history an INVASION has been declared (outside of Congress) by several counties in Texas.
— Center for Renewing America (@amrenewctr) July 5, 2022
“HUGE,” the message from the Center’s main Twitter account read on Tuesday. “Our constitutional solution to the border crisis is live! For the first time in U.S. history an INVASION has been declared (outside of Congress) by several counties in Texas. Official statement by Senior Fellow @KenCuccinelli and President @russvought.”
The post accuses the Biden administration of acting against the best interests of the American people and even went so far as to say it has helped hasten the collapse of U.S. border security forces and entities.
“It is unfortunate the Biden Administration has aided and abetted the destruction at the border and put Americans last on the world stage,” the letter reads. “We’re proud to stand with the history-making judges, sheriffs, and attorneys who didn’t rely on the Federal government, or even the governor to protect their families, ranches, and communities.”
This story broke on the same day the Biden Justice Department announced a lawsuit against the state of Arizona over a law requiring voters to show proof of citizenship before they can cast their ballots in upcoming federal elections.
The law, known as House Bill 2492, would not take effect until January 1, 2023 — but the Justice Department is still alleging the legislation would violate the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
“Election integrity means counting every lawful vote and prohibiting any attempt to illegally cast a vote,” Gov. Doug Ducey wrote in a letter explaining his action. This bill “is a balanced approach that honors Arizona’s history of making voting accessible without sacrificing security in our elections.”
Arizona, like Texas, has been forced to take extraordinary measures in the past when the federal government refused to act on illegal immigration, most recently during the Obama Administration.
Back in 2012, then-Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican like Ducey, signed into law some of the strictest immigration measures on record across the entire nation. It was eventually challenged by then-President Obama’s DOJ and taken to the Supreme Court. The Justices struck down part of the law while allowing other aspects of the legislation to stand.
If the Biden Administration insists on ignoring the border crisis in hopes of parlaying any fallout or chaos into increased power, they should expect more states to act in their own self-interest and ensure the safety of their citizenry, along with the integrity of the voter rolls, by passing laws such as these.
Also, count on a conservative Supreme Court to be waiting in the wings to tackle the inevitable federal lawsuits that will be launched by the White House against states and localities, for simply enforcing the law.
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