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Border 'Invasion' Declarations Could Spark Legal Challenges

By Mike LaSusa (April 29, 2022, 8:08 PM EDT) -- Officials in Texas and Arizona could find themselves in uphill legal battles if they bow to mounting pressure to declare that an "invasion" along the U.S.-Mexico border gives them the right to take on the federal government's immigration enforcement duties.

The Republican governors of the two states, which share about three-quarters of the U.S. border with Mexico, have both faced calls from politicians within their own party in recent weeks to assert the states have a constitutional right to repel people and drugs crossing the border illegally because the federal government has failed to do so.

But experts in constitutional and...

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