Kari Lake, a Republican running for governor of Arizona, reaffirmed her pledge to proclaim the border issue an “invasion” if she were to win.
According to Lake, who made an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, the sheer volume of lethal fentanyl being carried across the border and the flood of illegal immigrants warranted such a classification. Lake said that she will utilize her power to enlist assistance from other states in order to help safeguard the border.
If you are familiar with the Constitution, you are aware that Article 4, Section 4 requires the federal government to defend us from invasion. However, Lake said that because of Joe Biden’s lack of leadership, this protection isn’t being provided. And the cartels, these narco-terrorist organizations with operational control, are invading our border. The most lethal narcotic we’ve ever seen, fentanyl, is also being trafficked through Arizona in addition to humans.
“In order to take care of and secure our own border,” she added, “we’re going to use our Article One, Section 10-authority. The Constitution says it right there in black and white. And given that there is an invasion, our citizens are in immediate danger, and time is of the essence, we satisfy all three requirements. There isn’t any time to waste. Therefore, we will solicit assistance from other states. I already have a few additional governors who are eager to pitch in.”
According to the Constitution’s Article 4, Section 4, “each of them shall be protected from Invasion” by the federal authority. In contrast, Article 1, Section 10 forbids individual states from “entering into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or participating in War, unless actually attacked, or in such extreme Danger as will not permit any delay.”
Lake pledges to form an agreement with other border states to proclaim an invasion along the southern border and establish their right to secure it on the issues page of her campaign website.
“Make no mistake: thanks to ruthless multinational drug gangs operating within northern Mexico, this is an invasion, as evidenced by the over two million illegal immigrants apprehended in the past year and an additional estimated 400,000 who managed to elude border patrol personnel.”
An invasion has already been declared in four Texas border counties: Kinney, Goliad, Terrell, and Uvalde. In the same period, an NPR/Ipsos survey revealed that 53% of Americans thought it was “somewhat true” or “totally true” that the border issue amounted to a “invasion.”