At least four Texas counties have declared an emergency “invasion” declaration in hopes it will trigger a response from the Biden administration over the ongoing border crisis.
So far Kinney Country, Goliad County, Terrell County, and Uvalde County have all made the emergency declaration.
The Daily Wire reports:
“The move aligns with some conservative officials and activists who have privately urged Abbott to begin unilaterally enforcing federal immigration laws,” the Houston Chronicle reported. “Expelling migrants from the country would be unprecedented for the state but justified, they argue, by the Biden administration’s push to expand legal pathways for migrants to enter the country.”
Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan says part of the reasoning behind the declaration is to show the country the true depth of the issue, insisting the move is not just a “photo op” as criticized by some Democrats.
“The Biden administration won’t do a thing about it,” Shahan said. “They could stop this thing this hour. They could stop it now. They don’t have the guts.”
“In my community, we have less than 1,000 residents. The thousand residents everyday live in fear of the invasion,” Dale Lynn Carruthers, the county judge for Terrell County, said. “We are doing the best we can with limited manpower. Terrell County has the least to offer… but we have a lot of border coverage.”
“It’s a nightmare,” Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said. “It needs to stop. The federal government is not going to do it. We’re not doing these people any favors. We’re setting them up for failure. You’re turning them loose with nowhere to go, no jobs, and no work permit.”
Despite the texas counties effort, many conservatives think the move will ultimately fall on deaf ears as the Biden administration has made clear it has little interest in solving the border crisis.