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Governor Abbot Responds

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Releases Statement: “I have declared an invasion under Article I, § 10, Clause 3 to invoke Texas’s constitutional authority to defend and protect itself”

Update (from Mike)! The full text of Abbott’s statement, or as full as I could find without having to resort to one of those never-to-be-sufficiently-damned PDFs.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a defiant statement on Wednesday pushing back against President Joe Biden’s attempts to stop Texas from securing its borders against the millions of illegal aliens pouring into the state thanks to Biden’s reckless border policies.

Abbott’s statement comes after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Biden administration earlier this week, ruling that it could remove or cut through razor wire the state has deployed to stop illegal aliens from crossing the Rio Grande into the state.

“President Biden has violated his oath to faithfully execute immigration laws enacted by Congress,” Abbott said. “Instead of prosecuting immigrants for the federal crime of illegal entry, President Biden has sent his lawyers into federal courts to sue Texas for taking action to secure the border.”

“President Biden has instructed his agencies to ignore federal statutes that mandate the detention of illegal immigrants. The effect is to illegally allow their en masse parole into the United States,” he continued, adding: “By wasting taxpayer dollars to tear open Texas’s border security infrastructure, President Biden has enticed illegal immigrants away from the 28 legal entry points along this State’s southern border—bridges where nobody drowns—and into the dangerous waters of the Rio Grande.”

The governor noted that more than 6 million illegal aliens have entered Texas through its southern border under the Biden administration, a number greater than the population of 30 U.S. states.

Abbott continued:

James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and the other visionaries who wrote the U.S. Constitution foresaw that States should not be left to the mercy of a lawless president who does nothing to stop external threats like cartels smuggling millions of illegal immigrants across the border. That is why the Framers included both Article IV, § 4, which promises that the federal government “shall protect each [State] against invasion,[“] and Article I, § 10, Clause 3, which acknowledges “the States’ sovereign interest in protecting their borders.” Arizona v. United States, 567 U.S. 387, 419 (2012) (Scalia, J., dissenting).

Abbott said that Biden’s failures to secure the border “imposed by Article IV, § 4 has triggered Article I, § 10, Clause 3, which reserves to this State the right of self-defense.”

“For these reasons, I have already declared an invasion under Article I, § 10, Clause 3 to invoke Texas’s constitutional authority to defend and protect itself,” he concluded. “That authority is the supreme law of the land and supersedes any federal statutes to the contrary. The Texas National Guard, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other Texas personnel are acting on that authority, as well as state law, to secure the Texas border.”

Well said, Governor, DAMNED well said. This fiery, take-no-prisoners version of Greg Abbott is a keeper; hopefully, he realizes just how stirringly the words above will ring in Real American ears, how deeply his staunch defiance of a rogue central government, with both words and deeds, will gladden and inspire American hearts. Whatever he may have been or not been before, it is simply incontrovertible that right now, in this golden moment, he’s one of the very best we have on the ranch.

Is he perfect? Of course not, and what of it? I have nothing but admiration for the man, and not just Texans but all true patriots should be grateful indeed to have him. I must say it again, as I did of DeSantis (to no avail): let the Presidency the hell alone, Governor, I beseech you. Anyone in your inner circle who might be whispering in your ear of higher office, attempting to appeal to your ambition and stoke your ego, is NOT your friend, nor your constituents’, nor your country’s. America needs you most right where you are, continuing to do the outstanding job you’re doing for all of us.


18 thoughts on “Governor Abbot Responds

  1. The TX gov. has fully extended BOTH middle fingers at SCOTUS and the White House, and added “…and the horse you rode into town on.”


  2. Governor Abbott cites Justice Scalia’s dissent in Arizona v US, 2012 and I figured I’d have a look – and I wound up posting part of that dissent, and parts of Justices Thomas’ and Alito’s dissents, as well as and excerpt from the Antifederalist Papers (#9) which seems particularly prescient of the current situation – it’s far too long to post here but makes for interesting reading for those interested in the matter. See

    I wonder if Bai-den will send in Federal troops to enforce his will…

    1. “I wonder if…”

      It’s a good question. My guess is it will not occur precisely because the election is too close and the cabal in the WH knows the refusal to enforce the law at the border is unpopular with a large plurality of Americans.

      The 2nd question is what do Federal Troops do if given the order? That’s the answer I want to see.

      Nice write up by the way. Well done.

      1. Ran across a full transcript of Abbott’s remarks, which I’ll probably attach to this as an update later, Barr.

        OH, and…S47 is you, hh? How the hell did I not know that already? I signed up for a free sub with ya a while back (free is all I can afford nowadays, alas), but had no idea who was writing it all this time. It’s always excellent stuff, I really need to start linking and excerpting you here.

          1. Well, I will be dipped in shit. I really don’t know how the hell I missed that, hh, my humble apologies for it. I’ve enjoyed your comments on my Eyrie posts, and reading the S47 ones as well. I’m ashamed of myself. 😉

  3. Abbott’s statement could have been shorter if he’d taken a cue from Musk: Go. Fuck. Yourself.

    1. True, Abbot’s statement was a bit longer, but it does basically say the same thing. Now to see if it has deed.

  4. There’s no need to be ashamed, when I started the Substack back in August 2021, for some reason I adopted my streamfortyseven alter ego – the same as I’ve used for years for my photography at punk rock shows and skateboarders (now going back nearly 40 years) – see I think it was to evade facebook censorship, and it worked for about six months – finally got kicked off in February 2022 and haven’t been back since…

    1. Punk rock and skateboarding, eh? Sounds like we probably have a lot more in common than we might’ve realized, both of those things being major parts of my misspent youth…

      1. If you were a skater in Gainesville FL between 1986 and 1989, I might have pics of *you*. Some of the people in the skate scene there were Tate Clair, Monte Nolder, Chris Baucom, Frank Brennan and his brother – names I can remember right away. Rodney Mullen lived in Gainesville until about 1988, but he was out of town on the weekends and was busy during the week studying biomedical engineering – he was a straight-A student, his only B was in a philosophy course taught by Pete Self, who was a doctrinaire Marxist whose classes were little more than indoctrination sessions, and Rodney wasn’t buying any of it… they clashed, to say the least. The Florida Legislature finally abolished that department outright in late 1988, throwing out all of the Marxist-Leninist profs – all tenured, but with no department and no pay, they were gone, gone, gone…

        1. Nah, I was in CLT, never even been to Gainesville at that time. I did get to meet Tony Alva once, at Concrete Connection, CLT’s biggest and best skate park. Bought wheels, trucks, and a deck from him, and skated that board from then until I finally gave it up a few years later. Getting old sucks, man. 😉

            1. That’s pretty wild. I had to set the playback speed to 0.25 to truly see how fantastic it is…

        2. I used to spend weekends at the Gainesville Raceway. The quarter mile drastrip was also used by the SCCA as a road racing track, utilizing the return road through the swamp as a road course. That was mid to late 70’s though.

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