In a call with The Texan on Thursday, County Attorney David Martinez explained that the commissioners court did not initiate a lawsuit with its vote, but is instead attempting to gauge interest in pursuing legal action.
“I know that the direction that [Owens] was given by the court was to send a letter to every county government, in every city within those counties, up and along the border all the way from El Paso to Brownsville,” Martinez said.
The county attorney explained that, so far, Medina and Kinney Counties have expressed “interest in being kept in the loop” if Val Verde County decides to “actually start pursuing that type of litigation.”
Martinez explained that the court passed two separate motions to “build a coalition” that could result in lawsuits against Congress and the president. He characterized them as an “invitation for a discussion.”
Republican Precinct 3 Commissioner Robert Beau Nettleton, who made the motions in question, explained that while a lawsuit might not be the solution, it “draws attention to this problem.”
“We’ve talked about immigration reform for as long as I can remember. Both parties have had control of Washington at one point or another over the last 20 years, and we have failed to do anything about it other than create the mess that we have today,” Nettleton told commissioners.
“It is inexcusable. And it is time we get together with other counties and cities along the border and stand up and do something.”
Nettleton said the feds “took the same oath of office” that he did to “uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States.” The commissioner noted that he also swore to uphold the Texas Constitution and state law.
Val Verde County was ground zero for the disastrous arrival of tens of thousands Haitian nationals who camped near and under the Del Rio International Bridge in filthy conditions.
In the aftermath of the ordeal, United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas reported that about 2,000 Haitians had been deported back to their home country. However, the secretary also said nearly 30,000 illegal aliens had entered Del Rio since September 9.
Meanwhile, some Texans are growing tired of waiting on the courts to adjudicate a solution. Even after several successful court battles, the Lone Star State continues to experience an escalating border crisis that shows no signs of turning a corner.
In August, the United States Supreme Court effectively ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the “remain in Mexico” policy that the president’s predecessor implemented.
Since then, there has been a historic run on the border by Haitian nationals and the federal Department of Homeland Security is gearing up for what could be an astronomical number of up to 400,000 illegal crossings in the month of October.
The Texan has reached out to Val Verde County Judge Lewis Owens for comment.
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Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."