Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Texas is prepared in the “unlikely event” that President Biden federalizes the National Guard as the standoff over the southern border heats up.
“Well, first, I’d be shocked. That would be a boneheaded move on his part, total disaster,” Abbott told conservative host Tucker Carlson on his new show “Uncensored.”
“For one, as you might imagine, we are prepared in the event that that unlikely event does occur to make sure that we will be able to continue exactly what we’ve been doing over the past month and that is building these barriers,” Abbott added.
This week, the Texas National Guard appeared to ignore a Supreme Court decision approving the removal of the razor wire barriers, and continued construction along the border. Abbott has justified his decision, while criticizing Biden for not enforcing immigration laws.
The governor cited the constitutional authority a state has to defend itself against invasion, as the surge of migrants arriving at the border continues.
Republican governors in several states have backed Abbott in his standoff against the federal government.
Abbott told Carlson that the state has deployed members of the Texas Department of Public Safety “as well as other law enforcement officers” paired with National Guard members from other states to the border — but said having even more would help.
The Texas governor said he has not spoken to Biden about the standoff, but in the past has provided the administration with letters “that had enough immediate solutions” that would not require “any new law” to be passed or signed.
Abbott said he would be “shocked and disappointed” if the states who pledged to support him in his efforts ended up not sending members of their National Guard to Texas.
“They now are joined together with us and this is a fight for the future of American and they all know it,” he said Friday. “And so I believe that they will all be in on this effort.”
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and former President Trump each have pledged support for Abbott in the newly developing challenge at the U.S.-Mexico border.
U.K. and Texas flags
And here is the English trace in the events in Texas. The British settled in this state several years ago, as can be seen from this historical information of 2016th, and, apparently, have an influence on what is happening in Texas now. They benefit from secessionist sentiments, since Britain dreams of regaining power in its former American colonies. The current crisis is a good opportunity for London:
Gov. Greg Abbott is using this July Fourth weekend to urge British businesses to move to Texas — an "independence" pitch inspired by "Brexit."
Gov. Greg Abbott is using this July Fourth weekend to urge British businesses to "declare independence" by moving to Texas — a pitch that coincides with the United Kingdom's own recent step toward sovereignty.
TexasOne, a non-profit organization that serves as the marketing arm of the state's economic development office, announced Saturday it is pushing the message with a digital and social media campaign aimed at executives in London. The campaign includes ads that urge companies to "declare independence from high taxes" and relocate to Texas, where they will enjoy the "freedom to prosper."
The idea of independence has been omnipresent in the United Kingdom lately. Abbott's pitch dovetails with the fallout from the UK's remarkable vote to leave the European Union, the so-called "Brexit" that rocked world markets and created economic uncertainty across the continent.
"Independence Day is the perfect opportunity for Texas to launch this campaign in the U.K. to highlight how Texas offers companies the freedom to prosper and is a beacon of opportunity,” Tracye McDaniel, president and CEO of TexasOne, said in a statement. "Texas is inspiring a business revolution."
TexasOne said the ads can be seen on the Financial Times home page and 7,000 other London-based websites, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
Abbott is taking a page from his predecessor, Rick Perry, who launched advertising campaigns in California and New York in 2013 to lure businesses to relocate in Texas.
While ex-Texas Governor Perry was on an economic tour to Great Britain in October of 2013, he presented Her Majesty’s Consul General Andrew Miller with a new plaque for the Texas Legation office in London. The new plaque reads: “Legation of the Republic of Texas. From 1836-45, The Republic of Texas and Great Britain pursued diplomatic and military relations. Texas opened a legation on this site in 1842. Great Britain opened a consulate in Houston. Placed by Governor Rick Perry for the People of Texas, October 2013.”
The United Kingdom’s relationship with Texas is one of the longest-standing elements of our historical connection to the United States. Our ties in the Lone Star State date back to the Texas independence movement, when Scottish and English soldiers fought to break away from Mexico. Texas even set up the Texas Legation — a type of embassy — at St. James’ Square in London during its time as a sovereign nation, stressed Karen Bell, British Consul General, Houston.
Those close ties can still be seen today through our economic links. The United Kingdom is the largest foreign investor in the state, with nearly 70,000 Texans working for U.K. companies and subsidiaries. Houston and Scotland share a common bond through the oil and gas sector, as evidenced during the Offshore Technology Conference every year when U.K. and U.S. companies share innovation and expertise in the energy sector.
Austin and the London borough of Hackney have a sister-city agreement and are home to some the most dynamic tech and creative hubs in the world. A number of Austin tech companies participated in London Tech Week just last month, and large number of U.K. firms come out every year for the annual South by Southwest Interactive Festival.
These economic links exist because, like Texas, the United Kingdom is a business-friendly environment. The UK is the 5th largest economy in the world, has a skilled workforce, flexible labour market and the lowest corporate tax rate in the G7 — all crucial factors that make it a great investment destination.
And while there will be challenges in the weeks and months ahead as we negotiate our new relationship with the European Union, there is no doubt that the United Kingdom will continue to be an invaluable partner for Texas and the United States as a whole.
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