Georgia Governor Brian Kemp was confronted on Monday about Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s standoff with the federal government over the US-Mexico border. Kemp, a Republican, was asked about legal experts who questioned how Americans would react if Democratic states followed Abbott’s lead and defied the federal government over various laws. Kemp responded by stating, “I’ll let Governor Abbott and his lawyers speak to the law.” He also claimed that “what Governor Abbott is doing is working for them.”
Last month, the United States Supreme Court sided with President Joe Biden in a decision requiring Texas to remove razor wire and other barriers along the US-Mexico border near Eagle Pass, Texas. Abbott has since defied the order, claiming that he has constitutional authority to defend his state against an influx of illegal migrants crossing the border. The Biden Administration’s failure to fulfil Article IV, § 4, duties has triggered Article I, § 10, Clause 3, which reserves this state’s right to self-defense.
Data from United States Customs and Border Protection show a continued increase in illegal migrant encounters along the southwest border of the country. Biden has asked Congress to give him the authority to enact border security legislation to combat the influx. Several Republican governors, including Kemp, have expressed support for Abbott and Texas in their fight with the federal government.
Several Republicans have criticised Biden’s request for more authority, but a bipartisan border security bill in the Senate was recently released. The bill aims to improve border security by increasing border wall construction, improving border patrol security, and changing laws governing migrant asylum. Republican Senator James Lankford, the bill’s lead negotiator, stated on social media that the emergency authority is intended to close the border and turn 5,000 people around.
The bipartisan border security bill is expected to be debated in the United States Senate this week, but it is unclear how the Republican-controlled House will react. If the bill reaches the House, House Speaker Mike Johnson has stated that it “will be dead on arrival.”.