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Abbott Labels Biden’s Potential National Guard Move as “Boneheaded” in Border Dispute

Texas Governor Greg Abbott expressed concerns about the potential federalization of the National Guard under President Joe Biden, emphasizing that such a move would be disastrous for his state.

Tensions Escalating

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The governor’s comments come amidst escalating tensions between the White House and Texas over the border crisis.

The dispute recently intensified following a Supreme Court ruling regarding razor wire installation as part of Abbott’s Operation Lone Star.

Supreme Court Ruling on Razor Wire

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On January 23, the Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing federal border agents to commence the removal of razor wire that had been installed as part of Abbott’s Operation Lone Star.

Texas Guard Disregarded the Ruling

Juarez, Mexico, 12-21-2022: Texan National Guard places wire and barbed wire on the banks of the Rio Grande to prevent migrants from crossing into the United States to request humanitarian asylum. — Photo by Laflota

The move sparked a response from the Texas National Guard, which appeared to disregard the ruling, continuing the deployment of razor wire as a measure to deter illegal immigration.

Abbott’s Reaction and Commitment

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In response to the ongoing dispute and the possibility of federalizing the National Guard, Governor Abbott shared his perspective with conservative commentator Tucker Carlson on his Uncensored show.

Boneheaded

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Abbott termed the federalization of the National Guard under President Biden’s command as “boneheaded” and asserted that Texas is prepared to maintain its current actions, which include the construction of barriers along the border.

Biden Administration’s Position

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The Biden administration contends that the razor wire hinders federal agents from accessing crucial areas of the border.

This disagreement forms the backdrop for the ongoing border dispute between Texas and the federal government.

Calls for Federalization and Legal Questions

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Some, including former Democrat Congressman Beto O’Rourke and Democratic Texas Representative Joaquin Castro, have advocated for President Biden to federalize the National Guard in response to the situation.

However, questions have arisen regarding the legal authority for such a move.

Tragic Drowning Incident

Credit: Juarez, Mexico 10-21-2022: Venezuelan migrants cross the Rio Grande, the natural border between Mexico and the United States, families seek to request asylum. — Photo by Laflota

Earlier in January, a tragic incident occurred in the Rio Grande, where three migrants, including two children, drowned in an area inaccessible to federal agents.

Abbott’s Critique of White House Immigration Policies

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Governor Abbott has been a vocal critic of the White House’s immigration policies.

He has accused President Biden of instructing federal agencies to disregard federal statutes mandating the detention of illegal immigrants.

Abbott asserts that he has a duty to protect Texas against what he views as an invasion.

Support from GOP Governors

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Abbott received support from 25 Republican state governors through a joint statement.

These governors expressed solidarity with Texas in utilizing various measures, including razor wire fences, to secure the border.

Biden Administrations Failures

Central American migrants detained by border patrol after they irregularly crossed the border to seek humanitarian asylum in the United States — Photo by Laflota

They cited the Biden administration’s alleged failure to enforce existing immigration laws and the mass parole of migrants who entered the country illegally as reasons for their support.

Texas Attorney General’s Response to DHS

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton responded to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which had sent a letter to Texas officials on January 24, the day after the Supreme Court ruling.

DHS Demanded Full Access

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The DHS demanded full access to the border and the critical area of Shelby Park in Eagle Pass by January 26.

In his response, Paxton reaffirmed his commitment to defending Texas’s efforts to protect its southern border against any attempts by the Biden Administration to undermine the state’s constitutional right of self-defense.

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