Fears of a civil war in the United States escalated against the backdrop of sending forces from the National Guard of the Republican states to the state TexasIn defiance of President Joe Biden's administration and federal forces.
Several Republican-led states began sending National Guard members months ago to combat the increasing waves of migrants on the border between the United States and Mexico, with one state saying “nothing is on the table” as tensions escalate between Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Biden administration.
Abbott expressed dissatisfaction with last Monday's 5-4 Supreme Court decision, which overturned an appeals court injunction and allowed federal Border Patrol agents to remove razor wire that Texas officials had installed at the border under Abbott's supervision.
The day before yesterday, Thursday, Republican governors from 25 states (half of the 50 states) pledged their support for the Texas governor and the state’s constitutional authority to defend itself, including placing barbed wire fences to secure the border against what Abbott described as an “invasion” of immigrants into his state.
“We do this in part because the Biden administration refuses to enforce immigration laws that already exist, and is illegally allowing mass parole across America of immigrants who entered our country illegally,” the governors’ joint statement said.
The move comes in response to former President Donald Trump's call for Republican-led states to work together to combat the problem of irregular immigration at the southern border, an issue that Republicans said Biden is failing to properly address.
Trump said, “We encourage all states that wish to deploy their guards in Texas to prevent the entry of irregular immigrants and return them across the border,” referring to the “invasion” of immigrants coming to the United States.
Confronting the Biden administration
As Trump and Republican governors escalate their confrontation with the Biden administration, fears of a civil war ravaging the country have increased.
“Now you have federal agents cutting wires, and then you have the Texas National Guard who have orders to put up wires,” said Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, one of the 25 who signed the letter. “This is a powder keg worth stressing over. It’s a very strange situation, and we certainly stand with Texas.” She has the right to defend herself.”
Trump's call for Republican-led states to pledge support for the state of Texas came amid demands from Democratic leaders in that state for the Biden administration to federalize the National Guard in Texas in order to prevent it from placing more barbed wire, according to American media.
Commenting on these developments, Biden published a statement on the “X” platform, in which he said, “For a very long time, we have all known that the border has been breached. It is long past time to fix this situation. For this reason, two months ago, I instructed my team to begin negotiations with a group of members “The Senate bipartisanship to address the border crisis seriously and once and for all. And they did, working around the clock.”
“Let's be clear,” he added. “What has been negotiated, if passed into law, will be the toughest and fairest border security reform ever. It would give me, as president, new emergency authority to close the border when it becomes crowded with migrants. If I am given that authority, I will use it.” “The day I signed the bill into law.”
Furthermore, Biden said Congress needs to provide the funding it requested last October to secure the border. This includes 1,300 additional Border Patrol agents, 375 immigration judges, 1,600 asylum agents, and more than 100 advanced inspection devices to help detect and stop fentanyl at our southwest border.
White House officials declined to say whether President Biden had considered federalizing the Texas National Guard amid his clash with the Texas governor.
White House National Security Advisor John Kirby ignored questions about this topic during a brief meeting with reporters aboard Air Force One last Thursday. “I do not have any decisions to speak on behalf of the president,” he said.
American cities on the 3,100-kilometre border with Mexico are facing an influx of migrant groups.
Republicans constantly use the immigration issue to attack their opponents from the Democratic Party, and it is expected that these criticisms will intensify as the presidential elections approach.