Texas Governor Abbott Sends Troops to Southern Border for Border ‘Invasion’

Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott is sending Texas National Guard troops to the southern U.S. border with Mexico to hold off what he declared in a letter written to President Joe Biden as an “invasion” of illegal migrants.

“I officially declared an invasion at our border because of Biden’s policies,” said Abbott in a post on social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday. “We deployed the Texas National Guard, Department of Public Safety, and local law enforcement. We are building a border wall, razor wire, and marine barriers. We are also repelling migrants.”

Governor Abbott also accused federal border agents of cutting razor wire installed by the state in Eagle Pass on Wednesday, allowing illegal migrants access to the border on the U.S. side. 

“Texas installed razor wire in Eagle Pass to stop illegal crossings. Today, the Biden Admin CUT that wire, opening the floodgates to illegal immigrants,” wrote Abbott in a separate Wednesday post. “I immediately deployed more Texas National Guard to repel illegal crossings and install more razor wire.”

In a letter the governor wrote on November 16, 2022, he criticized the president for his inaction to halt the surge of illegal migrants flooding into the Lone Star State.

“Your inaction has led to catastrophic consequences,” said the letter. “Under your watch, America is suffering the highest volume of illegal immigration in the history of our country. This past year, more than 2 million immigrants tried to enter the country illegally, coming from more than 100 countries across the globe.”

U.N. has declared the U.S.-Mexico border world’s “deadliest land crossing”

In the letter, Abbott said due to Biden’s failures, the United Nations named the U.S.-Mexico border the world’s “deadliest land crossing.”

“Texans are paying the price for your failure,” reads the letter. “Ranches are being ripped apart, and homes are vulnerable to intrusion. Our border communities are regularly disrupted by human traffickers and bailouts. Deadly fentanyl is crossing the porous border to such a degree that it is now the leading cause of death for citizens between the ages of 18 and 45.”

Gov. Abbott’s move comes after installing buoys and razor wire in the Rio Grande River, which the Biden administration challenged in court as a violation of the Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act, reported the Washington Examiner.

Democrat state Senator Roland Gutierrez, who is running against GOP Senator Ted Cruz for his Senate seat, posted Wednesday that citizens in the area were “fighting back” against the governor’s “inhumane” actions.

“The citizens and community of Eagle Pass are fighting back against the inhumane treatment of migrants under Operation Lone Star,” read the post. “Texans want real solutions to address border security and reform our broken immigration system. The days of Cruz’s negligence must come to an end.”