The border crisis in Texas has escalated to a point of no return in recent months, with a peak reached just recently when prominent Republican politicians and governors showed open support for Texas while thousands of people joined a multi-state convoy headed to the border.
For Texas Gov. Abbott, this meant the power to override the federal government’s “light border policy.” Florida is helping Texas with more than 1,000 troops in what appears to be the biggest help the Lone Star State has received from a single state. But the other GOP-led states are helping and supporting Texas too.
Governors from Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas and other states stood next to Texas Gov. Abbott during a press conference
According to a press release by Gov. Abbott, he was joined on Sunday by 13 of America’s Governors who stand in solidarity with Texas’ right to defend itself against President Joe Biden’s border crisis for a press conference.
Governor Abbott was joined by Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Idaho Governor Brad Little, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, Nebraska Governor Jill Pillen, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, and Utah Governor Spencer Cox.
“President Biden has abandoned his constitutional duty to protect Americans by refusing to secure our southern border,” said Governor Abbott.
“During his presidency, Joe Biden has smashed records for illegal immigration and allowed total chaos to be unleashed along our southern border. Instead of upholding immigration laws already on the books, President Biden sent his lawyers into federal courts to sue the State of Texas for doing the job he should have been doing all along. Half of America’s Governors, including those here with me today, have banded together to make one thing clear: Americans stand with Texas and our right to protect and defend our state from the crisis at our southern border,” he added.
While Republican governors were at the U.S. Southern Border expressing their support to Gov. Abbott, Democrats held their very first primaries South Carolina this past weekend.
Joe Biden wins big in South Carolina
Biden won easily against competitors like Rep. Dean Phillips and author Marianne Williamson in a key state he had previously won in 2020, making a significant step towards the upcoming general election. This election is expected to be a record-breaker in terms of length and cost. The Republican primary in the same state, set for February 24, is likely to favor former President Donald Trump.
In South Carolina, Biden captured the support of over 96% of Democratic voters, sweeping every county with at least 95% of the votes, including areas with a large Black population. His team hoped this win would confirm that Biden still has strong support from the party’s core, especially Black voters, who showed up in large numbers for him.
The Democratic Party in South Carolina noted an increase in Black voter participation by 13% from 2020, indicating a significant turnout where people of color represented about half of the Democratic primary voters, and there was no competing Republican primary to draw away voters.
Easy and expected win for Biden in South Carolina
Saturday night was straightforward and quick. Just 30 minutes after the voting ended, The Associated Press announced Biden as the winner of the primary. Right after, his campaign shared his victory message, and the South Carolina Democratic Party’s watch party in Columbia started winding up.