The calls for Texas to defend itself and defy the federal government have set fire to a long-simmering fight over states’ rights, emboldening right-wing figures.
The “invasion” legal theory
Fears of violence
In Texas, the report found, overt extremists and neo-Nazis such as the Aryan Freedom Network are similarly capitalizing on the controversy, with one group calling for “white men” to “join the resistance at the border.”
Source: Texas Tribune BY Robert Downen and Uriel J. Garcia
Photo: A Texas National Guard Humvee parked at the gates of Shelby Park, in Eagle Pass, on Jan. 16, 2024. Texas closed off Shelby Park, limiting access to federal agents to part of the Texas-Mexico border and escalating tensions between the Biden administration and Gov. Greg Abbott. Credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune