FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2024
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Washington — Mary Small, Chief Strategy Officer at Indivisible, in response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s defiance of a Supreme Court order to allow federal officials to remove lethal razor wire traps along the southern border, released the following statement:
“This is an alarming moment for our democracy, and we must be clear on what this is about: Governor Abbott is choosing to defy the federal government in order to unilaterally pursue a cruel and illegal policy of murder on our southern border, outside the checks and balances of our governing system. That Republican office holders across the country are standing with him is as clear a sign as any that this party is lost to anti-American extremism that threatens our very existence.
“Earlier this month, Abbott’s policies resulted in a woman and two children being drowned in the Rio Grande river when federal officials were refused access to the area. By refusing to comply with the Supreme Court’s orders to allow federal access to the border, Abbott is drastically escalating beyond rhetoric and into open lawlessness. His insistence that the state of Texas has the right to meet migrants with violence and death on our border is reminiscent of some of the darkest battles in our nation’s history, as is his refusal to acknowledge the checks within our federal system.
“We cannot allow these attacks on democracy and the rule of law to be normalized. As MAGA Republicans including Speaker Mike Johnson proclaim support for Abbott, we must remember that this is a central goal of the Trump agenda: undoing our core values as a welcoming democracy and supplanting it with a nationalist code enforced through violence.”
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