FederalImmigration & BorderIssuesLocal NewsCiting Methamphetamine Trafficking, Wise County Commissioners Call Illegal Crossings ‘Invasion’

County commissioners pointed to the “sovereign and unilateral authority” of states to defend themselves against “invasion.”
August 8, 2022
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The Wise County Commissioners Court passed a resolution calling illegal immigration an “invasion” and supporting Governor Greg Abbott’s efforts to bolster border security.

County Judge J.D. Clark signed the document on Monday along with Commissioners Biff Hayes, Kevin Burns, Danny Lambert, and Gaylord Kennedy.

While the commissioners court urged Abbott to take the “necessary steps” to control illegal immigration, there were no additional policy recommendations. They also commended the actions Abbott has already taken via Operation Lone Star.

“[The commissioners court] recognizes and affirms the sovereign and unilateral authority explicitly reserved to the States, respectively, under Article I, Section 10 of the United States Constitution and Article IV, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution to defend themselves against invasion,” the document reads.

The Texas Constitution gives the governor power to activate the state’s military to “repel invasions.”

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The commissioners court described drug cartels as “paramilitary, narco-terrorist organizations” and cited the security hazards of illegal immigration, the “humanitarian disaster,” and “overwhelming consequences to residents in the State of Texas.”

The resolution specifically decries methamphetamine trafficking in Wise County and references the 192,000 pounds of the drug seized by border agents during Fiscal Year 2021. Border agents have confiscated more than 133,000 pounds of methamphetamine through June of this fiscal year, per federal statistics.

Parker County and other jurisdictions have passed similar resolutions. 

Last month, Abbott issued an executive order directing Texas Department of Public Safety officers and National Guardsmen to relocate illegal immigrants to ports of entry. However, the order stopped short of ordering state authorities to deport those individuals — an action Abbott has contended could result in the U.S. government prosecuting state officials.

Abbott’s order referred to illegal immigration as an “invasion” and cited the relevant federal constitutional provisions.

He has also provided voluntary transportation for illegal aliens to Washington, D.C. and New York City in an effort to draw attention to border security. However, like his myriad other actions on border security, the order was carefully tailored to abide by federal law.

A copy of the resolution can be found below.

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Hayden Sparks

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."