Texas Border Sovereignty and the U.S. Constitution

In the wake of Texas’s passage of SB 4 in March, which set ablaze the fury of the Biden Administration, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) tweeted details about another tragic death of an American caused by an illegal alien, this time in Hazelwood, Missouri. Driving in the wrong lane at more than 70 mph in a 40 mph zone without a driver’s license, an illegal from Venezuela smashed head-on into a car carrying 12-year-old Travis Wolfe, who subsequently died on March 6 after being on life support for nearly 3 months. 

“Texas is the nation’s first-line defense against transnational violence and has been forced to deal with the deadly consequences of the federal government’s inability or unwillingness to protect the border,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s brief tells the Supreme Court. By trying to stop Texas from enforcing a law that he refuses to enforce, Biden harms not just Texas but prevents all of us from defending ourselves against illegal aliens. 

Paxton told the Supreme Court that “the Constitution recognizes that Texas has the sovereign right to defend itself from violent transnational cartels that flood the State with fentanyl, weapons, and all manner of brutality.” Biden interferes with this sovereign right of Texas, and in the primary Texas Republican voters, who hold a solid majority there, agreed with Paxton and against Biden. 

For the first time in a half-century, the Speaker of the Texas House is headed to a crushing defeat at the hands of a young conservative endorsed by Paxton. Dade Phelan had ambushed Paxton last May with a surprise impeachment, after pressuring dozens of Republicans to vote with Democrats in order to try to remove Paxton from the office of Texas Attorney General, where he has protected the nation against illegal invasion by migrants. 

The Texas voters are recognizing the illegal immigration issue for what it is: a crisis of existential proportions.  

This post originally appeared at https://www.phyllisschlafly.com/constitution/texas-border-sovereignty/

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