COMPASS: Stopping the Invasion

July 6th, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill.

Both houses of Congress are out this week for the Independence Day recess – giving America the badly needed birthday present of not making things worse for a few days!

The biggest news of the week comes from Texas. Several counties along the southern border have declared the relentless influx of drugs and illegal immigrants into the country an “invasion.”

This is the first time in American history that an invasion has been declared by government entities other than Congress. Of course, it’s also the first time anyone else has needed to.

It’s a huge win for the rule of law, and for CPI’s partner organization, the Center for Renewing America. CRA President Russ Vought and Senior Fellow Ken Cuccinelli have been urging state and local leaders along the border to take this step.

As they note, when the Founders authorized the federal government to “repel invasions,” it was not permission but a requirement. The Constitution’s “Guarantee Clause” – Article IV, Section 4 – reads:

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion…”

President Biden’s refusal to secure the Southern border, even as millions of unlawful migrants have entered our country at unprecedented levels, is not happening by accident. It is by choice. It is a clear dereliction of duty, a violation of his oath of office, and an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.

In the Swamp, the border crisis is seen as a partisan issue and a PR problem. In Texas and Arizona border towns, it is a life-and-death emergency. The cartel-fueled invasion has led to violent crime, stolen cars, and property damage. These sparsely populated, working communities do not have the resources to protect a 2,000-mile border. It’s the job of the federal government.

The sheriffs, judges, and other leaders declaring the invasion are calling on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to do the same. Arizona officials should follow suit. States must stop asking Washington to protect our country. They should demand it, and as needed, start doing it themselves.

The effects of this historic illegal immigrant invasion is being felt throughout the country. Thousands of illegals are being bussed and flown from the border to states all over the country like Tennessee, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The Biden administration is letting in about 200,000 new illegals a month, likely 2 million since he took office last year, and is even quietly building a 100-acre campus for illegal immigrant children in North Carolina. And we are now learning Biden is secretly implementing a back-door amnesty of up to 1 million illegals by refusing to prosecute border crossings in court.

The president does not have power to invite a foreign invasion; states and localities don’t have to sit back and wait for him to remember his oath of office. The border crisis is an invasion, plain and simple. It’s time for counties, states, and the federal government to follow the Constitution – and the impeccable constitutional logic of CRA – and repel the invaders.

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