Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan led a group of judges in Texas to declare an invasion on the southern border Tuesday amid ongoing elevated immigration numbers since President Joe Biden took office.
“We’re being invaded. The facts are there,” Shahan said at a press conference in Brackettville, Texas. “This is real. We want America to know this is real. America doesn’t know what’s happening here.”
Here it is, the Declaration of Local State Of Disaster by Kinney County.
“The County Judge of Kinney County, TX, has determined that extraordinary measures must be taken to ensure the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of county residents” pic.twitter.com/2Bm349zrEK
— Matt Roy (@MattRoy_TV) July 5, 2022
He was joined by officials from Goliad, Terrell, and Uvalde Counties who shared stories about how illegal immigrants are causing problems in their communities.
State and local impacts
Goliad County Judge Mike Bennett said his community has seen more cars being stolen and has to have two deputies on at all times to deal with the problems being brought by the illegal immigrants.
“We couldn’t hardly make budget before all this occurred,” Bennett said. “Now, we’re running way behind. It’s stealing our resources. This is not a situation where we’re helping these illegal migrants come across. This is a situation where many are dying along the way (and) there’s a lot of carnage left in their wake. So, we’re here today to ask the governor to do more. Clearly, it’s the responsibility of the United States government to do this – and clearly, they’ll not going to do a thing.”
Uvalde Mayor Don Mclaughlin said his town has seen an influx of pedophiles, convicted murderers, drug dealers, and gang members. “It’s a nightmare,” he said, on top of a recent horrific school shooting there.
The declaration doesn’t have any legal power, but is meant to raise awareness of the problems and put pressure on Governor Greg Abbott to make his own declaration, which would have more power to devote resources to border patrol activities.
State officials have already been acting to combat illegal immigration, and have apprehended 270,400 illegal immigrants and made more than 16,700 criminal arrests on more than 14,000 felony charges, according to the governor’s office.
They have also seized 5,600 weapons and $42.8 million in currency, and sent 22,700 people back to Mexico at the state level with state personnel.
“Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps left by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border,” Abbott said.
But May was another record month in reported migrant encounters, with 239,413 attempted crossings, according to Customs and Border Patrol statistics. It is clear that more needs to be done.