Kinney County, Texas called for Abbott to acknowledge the invasion.
- Kenney County, Texas has declared the “existence of an invasion” along the United States-Mexico border.
- The county is calling for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to ”acknowledge the existence of an invasion on our border with Mexico.”
- Kinney County Judge Tulley Shahan said, “(I) declare we are being invaded. They’re coming to a neighborhood near you. America doesn’t know what’s happening here. We’re here to try and change that.”
- The declaration has thus far been supported by at least five other counties in Texas, including Uvalde, Terrell, Medina, Burnet, and Goliad, all of whom spoke in support of Kinney County’s declaration.
- Officials from supporting counties met to discuss a potential plan to cope with the massive increase in migrants.
KINNEY COUNTY JUDGE’S STATEMENT ON THE INVASION:
- Kinney Area Judge Tully Shahan described the rise in human smuggling in the county in a press release last month, saying, ”Kinney County law enforcement has prevented over 67 smuggling attempts along our roadways.
- ”This past weekend included the unfortunate deaths of 3 illegal aliens who were involved with human smuggling in Kinney County. Kinney County (Brackettville) has been forced to militarize our school campus with vehicle barriers to prevent high speed chases from entering campus and injuring children.
- ”As a Texan, this is not acceptable. We will no longer allow the sovereignty of Texas to be invaded by those unwilling to obey our laws,” Shahan continued. ”That is why today, July 5, 2022, Kinney County, joined by several other counties on the Texas border, are declaring the existence of an ‘invasion.'”
- Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, and Article 4, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution both allow for this type of declaration.
- Due to that allowance, the county is requesting that Abbott act accordingly and take steps to “preserve and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity in Texas,” local officials stated.
- According to Judge Shahan, the constitutional authority offered to the governor allows him to “prevent and/or remove all persons invading the sovereignty” of Texas and the U.S.