Suddenly, Governor Abbott is rolling up his sleeves on the border issue. Do you think it might have something to do with Allen West calling him out on his failures?
Governor Abbott just put out a press release explaining what role he has directed the National Guard to perform at the Southern Border. Does anyone else notice something kind of — familiar — about it?
Here is the text of his Press release.
Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Major General Tracy R. Norris, Adjutant General of the Texas National Guard, ordering guardsmen to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) with arresting individuals for state charges related to the border crisis.
During the Governor’s Border Security Summit in Del Rio in mid-June, the Governor announced that individuals who commit criminal trespass or other state offenses will be subject to arrest and confinement. This order builds upon the Governor’s disaster declaration that directs DPS to enforce all federal and state criminal laws including for criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.
“To respond to this disaster and secure the rule of law at our Southern border, more manpower is needed—in addition to the troopers from DPS and soldiers from the Texas National Guard I have already deployed there—and DPS needs help in arresting those who are violating state law,” reads the letter. “By virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, I hereby order that the Texas National Guard assist DPS in enforcing Texas law by arresting lawbreakers at the border.”
A letter, you say? Let’s have a look at that letter.
Dear General Norris:
Beginning on May 3, 2021, I have issued multiple proclamations certifying under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the surge of individuals unlawfully crossing the Texas-Mexico border poses an ongoing and imminent threat of disaster for certain countries and agencies in the State of Texas. To respond to this disaster and secure the rule of law at our Southern border, more manpower is needed — in addition to the troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and soldiers from the Texas National Guard I have already deployed there — and DPS needs help in arresting those who are violating state law.
As ‘Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the State’ under Article IV, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution, the governor can ‘call forth the militia to execute the laws of the State.’ Section 431.1111 of the Texas Government Code likewise recognizes that the governor can call on state military forces ‘to enforce state law’ and ‘to assist civil authorities in guarding [or] ‘conveying prisoners.’ And Section 437.002 of the Texas Government Code recognizes that ‘[t]he governor has full control and authority over all matters relating to the Texas military forces’.
By virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, I hereby order that the Texas National Guard assist DPS in enforcing Texas law by arresting lawbreakers at the border.
Oh? You’re empowering the National Guard to make arrests? That’s cool.
It’s been what two weeks since we reported Lt. Col Allen West (Ret.) saying he would do the same thing? ALLEN WEST: Pledges To Defend Texas From Cartel ‘Invasion’ Using SPECIFIC Constitutional Powers
Nice of you to finally catch up to the policy of the guy looking to primary you.
Have you found any other of West’s policies that you would like to implement? Or should Texans just cut out the middle-man and vote for West himself in the coming election?
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