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Invading the borders gives Texas “the power to get hold of people and turn them away,” the lieutenant governor says.

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News the state was overrun, giving the state the power to remove migrants from the country. He said the Constitution gives Texas the “power to get people and get them out.”

Fox News anchor Trace Gallagher interviewed Lt. Gov. Patrick Tuesday afternoon about the deepening crisis along Texas’ border with Mexico. The interview took place shortly before a Texas border county declared the influx of migrants an “invasion”.

“Some counties in Texas are ready to declare an invasion in their counties,” Patrick told Gallagher. “We took 230,000 people across [U.S.] border last month. It’s only who we apprehended.

“We are overrun,” the lieutenant governor said. “If we’re invaded under the Constitution, I think that gives us the power to grab people and kick them out.”

Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan described the conditions faced by residents of his county as thousands of people cross the Mexico-Texas border every day.

“We are taking these actions in the hopes of encouraging our governor to recognize the existence of an invasion on our border with Mexico and to take the necessary steps to preserve and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Texas,” said the county judge. In Texas, a county judge is the chief executive of the county.

Several county judges present supported the invasion declaration and urged Governor Greg Abbott to do the same.

Breitbart Texas contacted Abbott’s office for a reaction to Kinney County’s declaration of invasion and the call to follow suit. The governor’s office has not ruled out such a statement from Austin.

“All strategies remain on the table as Texas continues to step up in the absence of the federal government,” Abbott spokeswoman Renae Eze said in a written statement. “While President Biden ignores the growing humanitarian crisis and members of Congress visit the border for photo ops and then return to Washington to do nothing, Texas has deployed thousands of Texas National Guard soldiers and DPS soldiers and allocated more than $4 billion to Texas. taxpayers’ money to secure our border, including building our own border wall, erecting strategic barriers and sending significant resources to help our local partners, as was repeatedly mentioned during the Brackettville press conference.

“It is high time for President Biden – and for both parties in Congress – to do their job and secure our southern border,” Eze added. “As border challenges continue to escalate, Texas will continue to take unprecedented additional steps to address the challenges caused by the Biden administration.”

The governor’s office did not specify what these “unprecedented actions” might be.

Bob Price is associate editor and main contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What are you getting at? Sunday morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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