UPDATE: House Speaker Mike Johnson Is the Latest to Support Texas on Border Crisis


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On Wednesday, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) took to X/Twitter in support of Texas Governor Greg Abbott in the state’s confrontation with the Biden Administration. Speaker Johnson has named “…holding Secretary Mayorkis accountable” as the House of Representative’s next step. 

The Speaker said on X/Twitter:

It is unclear what the House is doing to help Texas in this, other than holding hearings against Homeland Security Chief Alejandro Mayorkis, who is largely seen as the architect of the current calamity on the southern border.

Removing Mayorkas from his post would have little impact on the feud between Texas and the federal government, even as the GOP argues he should be removed over his handling of the border.

It’s also unlikely to happen, given that it would require a two-thirds vote in the Democrat-led Senate.

But Johnson’s support comes as some Democrats have called on President Biden to take a tougher stance with Texas, which through Operation Lone Star has taken a number of measures challenging the federal government.

That includes placing buoys in the Rio Grande, prompting the federal government to take Texas to court.

And earlier this month, Texas officials took over a public park on the shores of the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, using Texas National Guard troops to block the Border Patrol from accessing the park.

As the article notes, any action the House takes will almost certainly die in the Democrat-controlled Senate, especially as the removal of a “civil Officer” under Article 2, Section 4 and Article 1, Section 3, requires a two-thirds of the Senate to approve.

This comes on the heels of Wednesday’s reporting on the confrontation between the Governor of America’s second-largest state and the Biden White House.

See Related: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Defiant: Texas Has Constitutional Right to Self-Defense

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Several other states have pledged to support Texas in this confrontation.

As I wrote on Wednesday, Governor Abbott is citing the Executive Branch’s dereliction of its constitutional duty to protect the states from invasion, and citing Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the Constitution in support of Texas taking action:

In the Constitution, Article I, § 10, Clause 3 states:

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

While the House of Representatives’ possible actions in the short term are limited, and while the GOP’s majority in the House is thin almost to the point of invisibility, the possibility of outright confrontation is increasing. The President and the Executive Branch are clearly derelict in their Constitutional duty; not one state but several have risen up in defiance of the Biden Administration on what they are calling (and which one can scarcely deny is) an invasion along the southern border. Now, a co-equal branch of the federal government is overtly taking the side of the contending states.

The southern border has been an open sore since January of 2021. Governor Abbott, with the support of several other Governors (I’m pleased to note Alaska’s Governor Dunleavy is among them), is willing to take the actions that the Biden Administration is supposed to be responsible for but refuses to carry about.

We live in interesting times.

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Lisa Holden is a news writer for LinkDaddy News. She writes health, sport, tech, and more. Some of her favorite topics include the latest trends in fitness and wellness, the best ways to use technology to improve your life, and the latest developments in medical research.

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