Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has warned against calls to federalize the National Guard at the U.S.-Mexico border, claiming that Democrats have encouraged President Biden to go after states’ rights. Noem went on to say that if Biden was willing to federalize the National Guard and remove her authority as governor and commander-in-chief, they would be in for a war.
In January, Texas Democratic Representatives Joaquin Castro and Greg Casar urged Biden to place the state’s National Guard under federal control if Texas Governor Greg Abbott continued to defy a Supreme Court decision allowing federal agents to remove razor wire from a section of the US-Mexico border. The governor has taken several aggressive measures to prevent migrants from entering the United States illegally, including the installation of razor wire.
State National Guards are typically controlled by their respective governors, but they can be federalized through a process known as Title 10 status, which puts them at the direct disposal of the president and defence secretary, with active-duty officers taking over day-to-day command. Noem reiterated in her Sunday interview with Bartiromo that her administration is considering increasing its support for Texas’ efforts to deter immigration at the US-Mexico border, such as the deployment of razor wire and security personnel.
Nicholas Creel, an assistant professor of business law at Georgia College and State University, recently stated in a Newsweek opinion piece that Republicans are embracing rebellion and the federal government must respond. He suggested that President Biden deliver a primetime national address explaining the situation to the American people, focusing specifically on how Abbott’s actions are making it more difficult for border patrol agents to do their jobs.
In a recent opinion column, Josh Hammer, a College Unified News senior editor-at-large, argued that Texas is correct in defending its sovereignty at the US-Mexico border. He claimed that the Supreme Court’s order only allowed Border Patrol agents to remove wire and that Texas’ reliance on an express constitutional provision to declare an “invasion” takes precedence over a Supreme Court edict.