That follows the reversal by the Biden administration of its original suspension of construction of the border wall initiated by former President Donald Trump. Included in the call for a special legislative session are the Abbott administration’s aims regarding “public safety, security, environmental quality, and property ownership” in an area known as Colony Ridge in Liberty County, northeast of Houston. The 40-square-mile unincorporated area — described by the New York Post as being nearly twice the size of Manhattan — is said to be a center for murder, squalor and cartels. Texas congressional Republicans describe Colony Ridge as having “up to 75,000 residents with a staggering illegal immigrant population.” The 25 members of Congress, in a Saturday letter to Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, said local law enforcement considers Colony Ridge a “no go” area. [firefly_poll] The area has “reported increases in violent crime throughout the county since new residents, many unlawfully present, have moved into the area, including several high-profile murders, the largest drug busts in the history of Liberty County and continuous drug cartel activity, ” the congressional delegation wrote.
Announcing the agenda items for the Special Session #3 of the Texas Legislature.Full statement: https://t.co/0YXt9rbTuL pic.twitter.com/2hZs846mSj — Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) October 5, 2023
It remains to be seen if the Texas Legislature will follow Abbott’s call for the state to tackle the invasion problem. The governor wants legislators to “pass laws to mirror the federal immigration laws President Joe Biden refuses to enforce that will reduce illegal immigration and enhance the safety of Texans.” What Abbott wants the Legislature to do is simple — confirm that we are a country with borders. Texas, the eyes of the nation are upon you.
🚨Today, I led the Texas GOP House delegation in a letter to Gov. Abbott and AG Paxton regarding disturbing reports about Colony Ridge in Liberty County. We believe the state should conduct a thorough investigation into this issue – read more… https://t.co/rX58R9n5gC pic.twitter.com/M47JkaWBOx— Brian Babin (@RepBrianBabin) September 30, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.