DeSantis Backs Texas in Border Standoff Against Feds

Governor Ron DeSantis says that Florida will continue to assist Texas in securing the border despite orders from the federal government to stand down.

“If the Constitution really made states powerless to defend themselves against an invasion, it wouldn’t have been ratified in the first place, and Texas would have never joined the union when it did,” DeSantis said in a statement Wednesday. “TX is upholding the law while Biden is flouting it. FL will keep assisting Texas with personnel and assets.”

A record 300,000 illegal crossings are reported to have been made in December alone. Florida has continued to assist Texas with the influx of migrants. In May, DeSantis announced that over 1,000 state personnel had been activated to help secure the Texas border, including 800 national guardsmen and 200 law enforcement officers.

The development is the latest in a weekslong standoff between Texas and the Biden administration, as the federal government seeks to remove razor wire placed along the Rio Grande aimed at deterring illegal crossings. The Texas Military Department has continued to deny access to federal border agents as the issue is battled out in court.

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On Wednesday, Governor Greg Abbott said the Biden administration had “broken the compact between the United States and States.” In a statement, the Texas Governor asserted his state’s Constitutional right to self-defense.

“The Executive Branch of the United States has a constitutional duty to enforce federal laws protecting States, including immigration law on the books right now. President Biden has refused to enforce those laws and has even violated them. The result is that he has smashed records for illegal immigrants.”

Several other Republican governors quickly threw their support behind Abbott, including Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, who said his state “stands with Texas.”

“[Greg Abbott] is doing the job Joe Biden and his border czar refuse to do to secure our border. The Biden administration has turned every state into a border state. We must stop the flow of fentanyl, save lives, and secure our southern border.”

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said that Texas was “exactly right” to invoke their right of self-defense.

“[Greg Abbott] is exactly right to invoke Texas’ constitutional authority to defend itself. The Biden Administration has created a national security crisis and put Americans in danger. Their failure is an unconstitutional dereliction of duty. South Dakota has been proud to help Gov. Abbott’s efforts to secure our border.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp posted to X that “Enough is enough.”

“Our southern border is in crisis thanks to the Biden administration’s refusal to do their job. [Greg Abbott] and the state of Texas have our full support.”

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, Utah Governor Spencer Cox, and U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson have also declared their support for Abbott.

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On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton demanding access to the border in Shelby Park. The department gave Texas a deadline of Friday to respond.

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