Texas Seizes Control Of Border City Park, Escalating War Against Illegal Immigration

by TYLER DURDEN at zerohedge.com

In its latest assertion of sovereignty and responsibility for securing its border with Mexico, the once and future Republic of Texas has seized control of a 47-acre park in the city of Eagle Pass, which has been a major avenue of illegal immigration. What’s more, the Texans are barring US Border Patrol agents and watercraft from the property, which they’ve used as a staging area for processing migrants.

“They are denying entry to Border Patrol agents to conduct our duties,” a federal official told CBS News, who wondered “what authority (Texas officials) have over the federal government.” Texans are increasingly wondering about the opposite question

Via an emergency declaration from Governor Greg Abbott, Shelby Park, which abuts the Rio Grande, is now controlled by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and National Guard units. Eagle Pass Mayor Rolando Salinas, Jr told reporters he learned about the move just shortly before it happened, via a phone call from a DPS official who informed him the state was taking “full control” of the recreational park “indefinitely.”

“This is something that the city was not expecting,” he said. “So, right now, there’s military personnel and they put gates in Shelby Park blocking access from the public into the park that belongs to the city.” Apprehensions at the site have eased from thousands per day in December, down to 400 or 500 recently — still a substantial number — as Mexico has increased enforcement on its side. 

“Texas will continue to deploy Texas National Guard soldiers, DPS troopers, and more barriers, utilizing every tool and strategy to respond to President Biden’s ongoing border crisis,” said Abbott spokeswoman Renae Eze on Thursday.