Governor Abbott deputizes Texas National Guard for the Border

36th Infantry Division

“Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday authorized the Texas National Guard to arrest people who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border and violate state law.

The National Guard also is helping with the early stages of constructing border barriers and a border wall.

“The Texas National Guard is playing an unprecedented role to secure the border because of the unprecedented refusal of the federal government to fulfill its obligations under federal law,” the Texas Republican governor said Tuesday in a release.

Abbott last month ordered National Guard members to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety in arresting illegal immigrants who break state laws.

“To respond to this disaster and secure the rule of law at our Southern border, more manpower is needed,” Abbott wrote in a letter sent to Major Gen. Tracy R. Norris of the Texas Military Department, The Texas Tribune reported July 27.

“DPS needs help in arresting those who are violating state law. … I hereby order that the Texas National Guard assist DPS in enforcing Texas law by arresting lawbreakers at the border.”

The governor named border security funding as a priority for the current state legislative special session.” newsmax

Comment: 16,000 soldiers. They are mostly in the 36th Infantry Division, but as you can see from the link below there are other units as well. These represent the federally recognized and partially supported part of the state’s militia. The states share sovereignty with the Union and are constitutionally guaranteed their own armed forces. When the ANG is in state service they are exempt from the posse comitatus act and can be used as auxiliary police to enforce state law. The individual state pays for the expense when the guard is in state service..

The federal government has the legal authority to call any or all portions of the state’s national guard into federal service in an emergency. When it does that the Guard is removed from state subordination and the federal government pays. Will Biden do that? pl

Texas Army National Guard – Wikipedia

Texas Military Department – Wikipedia

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6 Responses to Governor Abbott deputizes Texas National Guard for the Border

  1. Babeltuap says:

    Received my recent email this week from the TX ANG begging me to return to duty. I retired in 14′. This would be the 3rd email in a year. Prior to this year, I didn’t receive any invitations to come out of retirement. And how they are trying to sell the sizzle:

    Officer Example:

    By coming out of the Retired Reserves and serving 3 more years as a Reservist (by doing the one weekend a month, two weeks in the summer), your retired pay will be increased by ~$250 each month. This comes out to $3,000 more a year in retirement pay, and over 30 years that comes to $90,000 in increased retirement pay. Assuming you invest that back into a mutual fund yielding 8% interest, that comes out to a total of $370,000 over the course.

    Thanks but NO THANKS. Same was tried with Roman officers when the city was under attack. They declined. There is nothing left to defend.

  2. robt willmann says:

    This is the letter and directive of 27 July 2021 from Gov. Greg Abbott that started this current and more expansive use of the Texas National Guard to enforce state law at the Texas-Mexico border–

  3. Fred says:

    I’m sure Abbott could get a lot of unorganized militia into service quickly if he wants.

  4. jerseycityjoan says:

    I am confused.

    If people who have crossed the border say they want to apply for asylum and have not broken any laws, what would the state charges against them be? I don’t think states have any border crossing laws. Texas cannot make a judgment about their asylum claim and it certainly can’t deport them.

    The Newsmax article says this:

    “DPS has made more than 4,600 arrests or charges including criminal mischief and criminal trespass since Abbott launched Operation Lone Star in March.”

    How many of those people were convicted and jailed? What happened to them after their sentences were complete? If they all ended up making their asylum claims anyway, what was accomplished?

    How can Texas ultimately succeed on immigration with the federal government? If everybody who comes over the border claims asylum, isn’t plain old illegal immigration eliminated? Wasn’t that the point of the Asylum-Asylum-Asylum mantra that got started over the past few years — to “solve” the illegal immigration problem by providing everyone coming in with a fig leaf of legal migration?

    This will all end up in court and I don’t think Texas is going to win. Is there a way to stop everybody from applying for asylum? There should be but that’s something for the courts too. The right to asylum wasn’t created with the idea that millions of people from all over the world would go to the US and claim it, whether it was true or not.

    • Fred says:


      The place to apply for asylum is not in their home country, the first or even the second they enter, or any other country, but America ! Ollie Ollie all in free! Open the border; a state’s governor can’t stop them, only a court can decide! Hooray. They have a right to asylum, in America.

      Which amendment is that which gives everyone on earth the right to come here?

    • Babeltuap says:

      Crossing the border is not the problem. Anybody can cross the border using the official checkpoints. It’s the scoffing at the checkpoints by mainly criminal enterprises that is the fundamental problem.

      Biden Bolsheviks like that problem. It harms conservative areas. Burdens their law enforcement, court system, creates instability with drugs, theft, prostitution, murder, election fraud. It’s a weapon against their enemies.

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