(The Center Square) — The head of the Texas Public Policy Foundation is advocating for the state to declare a southern border invasion to protect Texas sovereignty and Texans “from cartel forces and their allies.”
TPPF CEO Greg Sindelar said the foundation is advocating for the state of Texas to declare that “an invasion [is] ongoing, cartel forces and their allies, under Article I, Section 10 of the US Constitution. It also calls on the federal government to designate Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations, among other policies it will propose.
“It’s high time for Texas to act,” Sindelar said at the American Society of Mexico’s 80th Annual Meeting and Convention in Mexico City, according to a transcription of his words.
They came after county judges and commissioners representing 18 counties and the Texas Republican Party have praised Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s efforts to secure the southern border, but want him to do even more. County officials passed resolutions saying “the health, safety, and well-being of Texas residents are at imminent risk from unprecedented levels of illegal immigration, human trafficking, and human trafficking.” drugs crossing the US border from Mexico”.
Nearly 5 million people have been apprehended or escaped capture entering the United States since President Joe Biden implemented significant policy changes on the southern border. While Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed the border was closed and secure, 14 attorneys general called for his resignation and Texas and numerous states have filed a lawsuit, arguing that his policies are unconstitutional and are wreaking havoc in their states.
Texas and Mexico share most of the 1,254-mile southern border. Mexico is Texas’ largest trading partner with over $660 billion in total trade in 2021.
“The relationship between the United States and Mexico is of vital national importance,” Sindelar said, and the two countries are “bound by a common heritage, a common border, and a common future.”
But that relationship and the safety of Mexican and American citizens are threatened by the violence of Mexican cartels, he added. The cartels have gained “a foothold in police forces, the military and governments, from city mayor to federal state,” Sindelar said, and extended “their reach to the operations of large corporations and federal agencies. , where – whether motivated by fear of threats or hope for personal gain – it is often easier to look the other way.
The entrenched corruption and its tolerance have resulted in the Mexican government not being able to provide security for its own people, he said. As a result, Mexican cartels “effectively control 30-40% of Mexican territory.
“It’s not a few bad apples. Having 30-40% of Mexico’s territory controlled by the cartels is ‘industrial-scale’ corruption,” he argues, which requires “active government involvement to grant the cartels influence.” .
The Mexican government is colluding with the cartels, he said, when it “should be protecting its own citizens from the cartels.”
As a result, this “industrial-scale corruption of Mexican civic life is a direct threat to Texas and our way of life,” Sindelar said.
Although Abbott has not declared an invasion, he recently ordered state law enforcement officials to apprehend people crossing the border illegally and deliver them to ports of entry. He is also the only governor of Texas to have built a wall on Texas soil.
Abbott and the Texas Legislature have committed more than $4 billion of Texas taxpayer dollars to state border security efforts through Operation Lone Star, which includes the deployment of thousands of members of Texas National Guard and Department of Public Safety soldiers at the border to interdict criminal activity.
Since last March, they have apprehended more than 302,600 foreign nationals who entered Texas illegally, made more than 19,700 criminal arrests and reported more than 17,200 felony charges. Texas DPS also seized more than 340.5 million lethal doses of fentanyl.
The governor and legislature have implemented numerous legislative reforms to make it easier to prosecute people smugglers and traffickers in Texas, and have toughened penalties for manufacturing and distributing fentanyl, among other measures.
Texas transported more than 10,000 people by bus to the so-called sanctuary cities of Washington, DC (7,900), New York (2,200) and Chicago (300).
“Every individual apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would otherwise have entered communities in Texas and across the country because of President Biden’s open border policies,” Abbott says.