I didn’t think the right wing could get any more vicious and inhumane when it comes to those 52,000 immigrant children who have fled Latin America for our southern border. I was wrong. Louis Gohmert actually wants Texas to declare war against this “invasion.”
“Even with $3.7 billion that’s requested, there’s no way for what’s being called for is going to stop the invasion that’s occurring,” Gohmert said. “That’s why I’m hoping that my governor will utilize Article 1, Section 10, that allows a state that is being invaded — in our case more than twice as many just in recent months, more than twice as many than invaded France on D-Day with a doubling of that coming en route, on their way here now under Article 1, Section 10, the state of Texas would appear to have the right, not only to use whatever means, whether it’s troops, even using ships of war, even exacting a tax on interstate commerce that wouldn’t normally be allowed to have or utilize, they’d be entitled in order to pay to stop the invasion.”
Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution provides that “[n]o state shall, without the consent of Congress, . . . engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.” The fact that this provision contemplates a state making “war,” however, strongly suggests that the framers were thinking about military invasions when they drafted it — not that they were concerned about an “invasion” of children.
The right loves to compare immigration (well, the immigration of brown people anyway) to an invasion because they like to make those people out to be enemies trying to destroy the country rather than desperately poor people trying to move here for a better opportunity for their families. Doing so is dehumanizing and idiotic. But fear is the only thing they can sell.