To Whom It May Concern,
I write to you as a concerned citizen of Bexar County in our great state of Texas. Recently, Governor Abbott took a necessary step of designating the Mexican cartels as terrorists organizations so that we may have the tools necessary to combat these evils. This, however, is only one necessary step to protect Texans and these United States of America.
The Biden Administration has undeniably absconded from their duties to the people of this country and the state of Texas by failing to secure our southern border. A recent article from The Washington Examiner stated that the number of illegal immigrant apprehensions has exceeded the number of documented illegal arrests during the entirety of President Obama’s administration:
“In the first year and a half of President Joe Biden’s tenure, Border Patrol agents nationwide have arrested more people who came cross the border unlawfully than in President Barack Obama’s two terms — an indication of the magnitude of the situation.
“Border Patrol’s 20,000 federal agents nationwide made 3,484,327 apprehensions of immigrants who were unauthorized to enter the U.S. in less than two years of Biden’s presidency, compared to 3,384,816 apprehensions during the eight fiscal years that coincided with Obama’s two terms in office.
“Federal agents have made 150,000 to 200,000 arrests each month over the past 18 months, mostly on the U.S.-Mexico border. Ten months into the government’s 2022 fiscal year, the Border Patrol has apprehended 1,822,620 people — blowing past the 2021 record of 1,662,167.”1
These numbers do not reflect the amount of unknown illegal immigrants that crossed into our country without apprehension or detection. This is a staggering number of people coming into our state without documentation about who they are. While President Biden’s administration has done absolutely nothing to secure our southern border and protect Texans and other states neighboring Mexico directly. The emergency situation our open border creates, though, goes deep into our nation as consequences of the open border are being felt. Consider the amount of dangerous drugs that have been confiscated entering through the southern border. The highly deadly drug fentanyl is only one example of this.
CNN reported in January of this year that “Border agents reported a 1,066% increase in fentanyl seized in south Texas last year.” 2 The report was based on a press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. The press release went on to describe the extent of narcotics seized:
During FY 2021, CBP officers at the eight ports of entry extending from Brownsville to Del Rio that comprise the Laredo Field Office seized 87,652 pounds of narcotics that would have commanded a combined estimated street value of $786 million. Specifically, they seized 41,713 pounds of marijuana; 8,592 pounds of cocaine, up 98 percent from FY 20; 33,777 pounds of methamphetamine; 1,215 pounds of heroin, 588 pounds of fentanyl, up 1,066 percent from FY 2020, $10.4 million in unreported currency, 463 weapons, up 21 percent from FY 2020 and 84,863 rounds of ammunition.3
These numbers again come from January 2022. A July press release from the Department of Justice stated that fentanyl seizures in the first five months of 2022 surpassed all seizures made in 2021.4 On September 20, 2022, Governor Abbott sent a letter agency heads in Texas stating:
“Over 71,000 Americans died from fentanyl in 2021, an increase of 23 percent from the previous year. Over that same period, Texas saw an 89 percent increase in fentanyl-related deaths, with provisional data showing 1,672 such tragedies in 2021, compared to 883 of them in 2020. These are steep increases since 2018, when there were 214 fentanyl-related deaths in Texas”5
Another founded concern is the number of multinationals from beyond the North and Western hemispheres exploiting our open southern border to enter our country illegally. In April of this year, Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch told lawmakers during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing that,
“Illegal immigrants from 50 different countries — including China, Bangladesh, Turkey, Egypt and Romania — have been caught crossing into the US from Mexico.” 6
While it is understandable that the number of people coming from nations central to the southern border, the idea that people from countries on the other side of the planet suffer a humanitarian crisis that causes them to travel half way around the world for asylum is puzzling. What is terrifying is not knowing how many unapprehended and undocumented illegal immigrants came from nations not friendly to America. This week, Customs and Border Protection released data showing that Border Patrol encountered 12 individuals whose names are on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database. According to the report that was a total of 78 like arrests in FY22, triple the number of arrests in FY17 through FY21 of illegal crossers on terrorist lists, that averaged about 20 arrests respectively. As an article from FOX News points out:
“…that is just a small percentage of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who hit the border each month, and it shows those who have been successfully caught by Border Patrol agents, it also does not include those who may have been among the over 500,000 gotaways – illegal immigrants who slipped past Border Patrol agents – this fiscal year.” 7
How many of those 500,000 ‘getaways’ do you think may have been on a terrorist watch list?
Having cited some of the information above, you can understand my concerns with the southern border and why I believe that it is necessary to take further action in order to protect Texans, our great state and our nation. Texans are facing a disaster due to the federal government’s inaction, or inability, to close the border and get control of this crisis. Our nation cannot sustain itself with these types of negligent policies let alone our state.
The Constitution requires that the federal government protect the states from invasion (Article 4, Section 4). It also permits states to act without permission of the federal government when states are under imminent threat (Article 1, Section 10). Under the authority granted you by the Texas Constitution, and the Constitution of the United States of America, I believe the next and most crucial step in protecting our state is declare a border invasion.
- Section 433.005(a) of the Texas Government Code and Article 4, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution gives the “governor of Texas, as Commander-in-chief of the military forces of the State, take all necessary and legal steps to preserve and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Texas.”
- Article 4, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution and Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution gives authority “to immediately prevent and/or remove all persons trespassing as well as invading the sovereignty of Texas and that of the United States.”
The federal government has failed the people of Texas. The federal government has failed to secure our southern border. Governor Abbott has failed, too, because he has yet to declare a border invasion, instead preferring to exacerbate the crisis through political maneuvering and optics. Governor Abbott has left it to the people of Texas to take of this matter. 31 counties in Texas have now declared a border invasion. As my representative commissioner in Bexar County, I am asking you add Bexar County declaring a border invasion of the southern border to the agenda so the Commissioners Court may vote on its passage.
Bexar County needs to declare a border invasion. The Bexar County Commissioners Court needs to vote on this measure in the next, if not subsequent Commissioners Court Session. I am making it known to you, as my elected county commissioner, that a border invasion must be declared, and I thank you for your time and consideration.