(ConservativeHub.com) – Taking a page out of President Joe Biden’s playbook, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is using his executive power to address the flood of migrants entering his state. However, unlike Biden, he’s using his authority to fix the problem, not worsen the situation.
On July 27, Gov. Abbott ordered the Texas National Guard to assist troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to enforce Texas law by “arresting lawbreakers at the border.”
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 27, 2021
Abbott sent the directive to Major Gen. Tracy Norris, the Texas Military’s Adjutant General. The order explained that the surge of illegal migrants crossing into Texas poses a clear and ongoing threat to Texas residents. Continuing, he wrote the state needed more manpower to effect the necessary arrests to secure the border and protect Texans.
As the Commander-in-Chief of Texas’s military forces, Abbott wrote, the governor has the authority to call up the militia to “execute” state laws. That statutory power also grants him the authority to order state military forces to “assist” civil authorities in guarding and transporting prisoners. In other words, the Texas Government Code recognizes the entitlement of the governor to have full control of all matters relating to the Texas National Guard, including deputizing them to make arrests.
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