GOP explores using military force against cartels, DOJ wants TX buoys removed
The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to order Texas Governor Greg Abbott to remove buoys in the Rio Grande River that Abbott says are designed to deter illegal immigration.
Attorneys said if the buoys aren’t removed it will cause irreparable harm to foreign relations, public safety and navigation.
The Justice Department also filed a civil suit that argued the buoys violate the Rivers and Harbors Act which bars unauthorized obstructions on navigable waterways.
Abbott’s office said they will fight this all the way to the Supreme Court and he has the support of the Texas Republican Congressional delegation. The representatives say the state has a constitutional right to defend its borders. They call Abbott’s efforts right and necessary.
Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas: “Governor Abbott stay the course, stand your ground and continue to defend the great state of Texas.”
Chip Roy R- Texas: “I stand behind governor abbott being as aggressive as he needs to be to defend the people of Texas.”
In addition to fully supporting Abbott’s actions, they said they’ll also attempt to reduce funding for the Department of Homeland Security as long as Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas remains in charge.
There is also a task force exploring whether Congress should give President Biden an Authorization for the use of Military Force against the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation Cartels. They say it would be based on the cartel’s human and drug trafficking and use of violence against American law enforcement.
But Democratic Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, who represents El Paso, said Only a monster would lean in on deadly policies that shock his own personnel.
In the final months of the Trump administration, the use of buoys to prevent illegal crossings was discussed but never came to fruition.
Rep. Veronica Escobar: “They knew how deadly the policy and practice would be. So Greg Abbott is using a policy a policy and practice that was rejected by one of the most anti-immigrant, inhumane Presidents of our lifetime.”
Escobar said Abbott’s use of DPS troopers and national guardsmen through Operation Lone Star has been a logistical and financial catastrophe. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.
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