Several states are pledging their support to Texas in its battle with the Biden Administration over the security of the southern border. Will Idaho join them?
The Texas National Guard has been installing razor wire to protect the southern border of the state from immigrants crossing into the United States at places other than legal checkpoints and ports of entry.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) federal border patrol agents claimed this action was interfering with their ability to arrest those crossing illegally, and began cutting the wire.
The Texas Attorney General sued the Biden Administration over the wire being cut in October 2023 for illegal destruction of state property. The wire was cut on the banks of the Rio Grande River. Texas claimed the DHS agents were purposely helping the immigrants come across the U.S. border illegally. The Biden Administration argued that the agents were attempting to arrest the border-crossers, which they say is their legal responsibility.
A District Court Judge ruled the federal agents were not in violation of the law in destroying the razor wire.
Texas appealed the case to the 5th U.S. Circuit Appeals Court. The appeals court vacated the lower court’s decision. The Biden Administration appealed the 5th Circuit decision to the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS).
In a 5 to 4 decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the order of the 5th Circuit, which means Justices John Roberts, Amy Coney Barrett, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ketanji Brown Jackson decided the federal agents did not violate the law in cutting the Texas razor wire. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh disagreed, and were the four dissenting votes.DHS v Texas
Despite the SCOTUS decision, Texas has continued to install razor wire. Currently the Texas National Guard and Texas State Police Troopers are preventing federal agents’ access to a 47-acre area on the Rio Grande known as Shelby Park. Ten days ago this letter was sent from the DHS to the Texas Attorney General:letter-to-k-paxton-from-j-meyer-1142024
Photo was originally published on an NBC News article and captioned: “Razor wire on the banks of the Rio Grande at Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Jan. 12.” Credit: Brandon Bell / Getty Images file
It has become a standoff between Texas state agencies and the federal border patrol. In a social media post, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said,
“I am so grateful for the Texas National Guard, and all of the other members of the Texas military department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety, who are stepping up to secure the border in the absence of Joe Biden enforcing the immigration laws of America.”
Today Abbott shared this statement on social media declaring his position on the matter.
My statement on Texas’ constitutional right to self-defense. pic.twitter.com/seNFZdmujP
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 24, 2024
In response, several state Governors have voiced their agreement and commitment to supplying Texas with additional national guard members, supplies, and other needed support.
Oklahoma stands with Texas. https://t.co/67VzVEfEv1
— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) January 24, 2024
If the Constitution really made states powerless to defend themselves against an invasion, it wouldn’t have been ratified in the first place and Texas would have never joined the union when it did.
TX is upholding the law while Biden is flouting it.
FL will keep assisting… https://t.co/qOJY2zT1hG
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 24, 2024
By refusing to act, President Biden is inviting cartels, illegal drugs, and human trafficking into the United States.
We must secure the southern border. https://t.co/K1tAy6pE4e
— Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) January 24, 2024
.@GregAbbott_TX is exactly right to invoke Texas’ constitutional authority to defend itself.
The Biden Administration has created a national security crisis and put Americans in danger. Their failure is an unconstitutional dereliction of duty.
South Dakota has been proud to… https://t.co/s4NMyvyu3Y
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) January 24, 2024
Virginia stands with Texas. @GregAbbott_TX is doing the job Joe Biden and his border czar refuse to do to secure our border.
The Biden administration has turned every state into a border state. We must stop the flow of fentanyl, save lives, and secure our southern border. https://t.co/XaPu2RqJBP
— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) January 25, 2024
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) January 25, 2024
The Idaho Freedom Caucus weighed in on this today, saying on Twitter,
“States have the right to defend themselves from invasion! The Idaho Freedom Caucus fully supports Texas Governor [Greg Abbott]’s decision to defend the borders of Texas.
We respectfully request that Idaho Governor [Brad Little] support Governor Abbott and the good people of Texas.”
States have the right to defend themselves from invasion! The Idaho Freedom Caucus fully supports Texas Governor @GregAbbott_TX decision to defend the borders of Texas.
— Idaho Freedom Caucus (@freedomcaucusID) January 25, 2024
The Idaho Republican Party retweeted Governor Abbott’s statement today on the Idaho GOP Twitter page and said,
“Texas Governor [Greg Abbott]’s resolute stance on defending the Texas border is more crucial than ever. The dereliction of duty by the Biden administration on our U.S. border is disturbing. The escalating situation at the border is a critical national security threat. Abbott’s commitment to safeguarding Texas is a commendable response.”
Texas Governor @GregAbbott_TX’s resolute stance on defending the Texas border is more crucial than ever. The dereliction of duty by the Biden administration on our U.S. border is disturbing. The escalating situation at the border is a critical national security threat. Abbott's… https://t.co/gHtA2F1RNF
— Idaho GOP (@IdahoGOP) January 25, 2024
Will Idaho Governor Brad Little commit Idaho resources to helping Texas? Should he?
Idaho Dispatch reached out to Little’s office to ask for a statement on this matter. At the time of publishing, no response has been received.
Idaho Dispatch has also not located a statement from the Idaho Democratic Party, or any other political party in Idaho on the Texas issue. Article will be updated if new information is obtained.
Feature image was originally published on an NBC News article and captioned: “National Guard soldiers stand guard on the banks of the Rio Grande at Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Jan. 12.” Credit: Brandon Bell / Getty Images file
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