“To listen to Mexican President Obrador say he’s going to endorse Beto O’Rourke over my governor, Governor Abbott, because he’s daring to secure the border, take steps to secure the border?” Roy said.
“Let me say something to President Obrador. If you want to come have a skirmish with Texas, you can meet us in San Jacinto, okay? We’re gonna secure the border of the United States and we’re gonna do it now.”
The congressman was referencing the Texan victory in the Battle at San Jacinto, which marked the final defeat for Mexico at the end of the Texas Revolution.
Though López Obrador did not explicitly endorse O’Rourke, he blasted Abbott’s decision to invoke a provision in the U.S. Constitution that requires the federal government to protect states from “invasion.”
The governor’s order directed Texas Department of Public Safety officers and National Guardsmen to “return … illegal immigrants to the border at a port of entry.”
Among other criticisms, Obrador said that Abbott was “overstepping the limits” and that it was an illegal usurpation of authority from the U.S. government.
Mark Miner, communications director for the Abbott campaign, put out a statement on July 8 characterizing the Mexican president’s comments as a stamp of approval for O’Rourke.
“It’s not surprising that the pro-open border President of Mexico is endorsing Beto O’ Rourke, the pro-open border candidate for Texas Governor. While Beto O’Rourke and President López Obrador don’t believe there’s a problem at our southern border, deadly fentanyl continues to ravage communities throughout Texas and America,” Miner said.
Some critics of Abbott’s decision, such as Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (D-TX-16), contend that illegal immigration does not constitute an “invasion” and calling it one endangers racial minorities.
During his unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), O’Rourke was endorsed by former Mexican President Vicente Fox.
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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."