“Texas ought to just flat out shut down the border. And I’m looking at Governor Abbott right now when I say that. You shut down the border, governor,” Roy said in a Newsmax appearance earlier this week.
“You stand up to this president. I’m tired of Texas taking a back seat to an administration screwing the people of Texas.”
Proponents of more assertive border security measures have argued that the illegal immigration is an invasion that justifies a response under Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution.
The provision states, “No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.”
In an interview with The Texan, Roy stated on Friday that “it’s certainly hard to argue that our nation is not being invaded.” He pointed to the “operational control the cartels have over our border.”
“If your state, your community, your families that are all sharing that community, Texas, if you’re being invaded, harmed, you have a right to do something about that,” Roy asserted.
“That’s why that constitutional provision exists. And the federal government is refusing to do its job. You cannot ignore your duty to secure the border of the United States and then say, sorry, that’s federal law. You have no recourse. That’s just straight-up bulls—.”
Roy also called for all Republicans to take a position on whether Mayorkas should be impeached.
Abbott was calling for Mayorkas to be investigated by Congress as early as October when he assembled with nine other governors in Mission to call on the White House to do more to stop illegal immigration.
For the past year, Abbott has been leading a border security effort known as Operation Lone Star that received bipartisan support and funding from the Texas legislature during a regular session last year.
In a press release on Friday, the governor’s office indicated that since day one, Operation Lone Star has resulted in several state agencies arresting about 225,000 illegal aliens. Abbott’s office also reported more than 13,000 criminal arrests, 10,400 felony charges, 3,500 seizures of weapons, $30 million worth of currency seizures, and the confiscation of 289 million lethal doses of fentanyl.
The governor’s office also stated that a portion of the state border wall is nearing completion in Starr County using 30-foot bollards, which were part of leftover supplies from the U.S. border wall that Texas obtained through a federal program.
Abbott promised last summer to “arrest everybody coming across the border,” but that promise never materialized. Operation Lone Star has focused on referring illegal aliens to federal agencies and prosecuting them in South Texas for crimes such as trespassing.
Roy argued that Abbott should “stop treading lightly” around federal court decisions and that Operation Lone Star is not getting the job done.
“The bottom line is you can’t win this prosecuting trespassing crimes,” Roy told The Texan.
“What would we do if we were a stand-alone sovereign nation? That’s what we should do. Muster your own force. Sit down at the river and turn people away, and if you’re not willing to do that or if that doesn’t go far enough, then shut down I-35 and tell the rest of the country to kiss our a– until the border is secure.”
The congressman clarified that he is not seeking to “rattle somehow negatively” about Abbott and he supports the governor’s efforts on border security and the state wall, but that Texas cannot wait for a Republican-controlled Congress or president to act on the border crisis.
Defending the state efforts, Rep. James White (R-Hillister) responded to some of Roy’s comments in a social media post by emphasizing that the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety are already taking action.
“However, if they cross anyway and touch our soil, the current [attorney general], his former employer, has stated that we have no immigration authority, as per the last Senate Select Committee on Border Security,” White tweeted, referring to a committee in the Texas Senate.
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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."