GOP Governors Invoke the Confederate Theory of Secession to Justify Border Violations

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announcing his endorsement for Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign in Edinburg, Texas, in November. This week, Republican governors across the country escalated their conflict with the Biden administration over the southern border by invoking the same legal theory that slave states wielded to justify secession before the Civil War. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, joined by 25 other GOP governors, now argues that the Biden administration has violated the federal government’s “compact” with the states—an abdication that justifies state usurpation of federal authority at the border. This language embraces the Confederacy’s conception of the Constitution as […]

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