In a significant move to address what it termed an “invasion,” the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, declared on Jan. 24 the state’s “Constitutional Right To Self-Defense” to curb the estimated 9 million illegal border crossings into the United States since the start of the Biden administration.
Governor Abbott asserted that this action was a response to the federal government’s and President Biden’s perceived violation and “refusal” to enforce immigration laws. In a statement, Abbott argued that the federal government had broken the compact between the United States and the states.
My statement on Texas’ constitutional right to self-defense. pic.twitter.com/seNFZdmujP
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 24, 2024
The statement, in part, reads: “The federal government has broken the compact between the United States and the States. 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. 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.”
On the same day, Jack Hibbs, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in California and Founder of the Real Life Network, addressed his congregation, warning about the developing situation and expressing concerns that it could escalate into a civil war.
“The governor is like the president of a country,” explains Hibbs. “The United States Air Force is made up of air forces from 50 different states. The United States Army is made up of soldiers or army personnel from each of the 50 states. Every state has a National Guard. So, for example, Gavin Newsom, as Governor of California, is the Commander in Chief of the California National Guard.
“Our states are sovereign. The states agree to have the federal government rule over them. A governor can tell the federal government that they’re not going to do this or they’re not going to do that. A governor has incredible power,” he continues.
“We’re in a situation because Texas, the people of Texas, decided to shut the border down. Joe Biden deployed federal forces to literally cut the brand new fencing and barbed wire so that the invasion could continue,” reveals Hibbs. “You don’t want to pick a fight with Texas—and I’m not saying that as a joke. Their patriotism for their ‘country of Texas’ is not to be played with.”
Texas is not alone in their fight against an administration that is fighting tooth and nail to keep the border open.
To date, 25 Republican governors have voiced their support of Gov. Abbott, as well as former President Donald Trump and former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration continues to flip-flop between saying the border is secure and then blaming Republicans in Congress for the crisis at the border.
It is mismanagement under the Biden administration that has led Hibbs to the belief that the U.S. may soon be looking at it’s second Civil War.
“I’m sorry to tell you. The powers that are pulling the strings to this country are literally bringing us to a civil war. It’s the first time since 1861 where we’re looking at soldiers, possibly shooting at other soldiers on the same team—States,” laments Hibbs.
“I’m telling you, as an old guy, this is wild. Young people, you may be watching some history unfold that you didn’t plan on experiencing,” he continues.
“Can we pray right now for our nation?” concludes Hibbs. “It is actually falling apart [and] we’re watching it happen.”
James Lasher is Staff Writer for Charisma Media.
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