Members of the Texas National Guard string razor wire along the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass, TX as the Lone Star State continues its border jurisdiction dispute with the Biden administration (Image courtesy of Facebook).

SALT LAKE CITY – In a show of solidarity with Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, Gov. Spencer Cox will join 13 other state chief executives on a weekend trip to the embattled town of Eagle Pass, TX.

Cox and the other governors will tour the southern border with Mexico there and hold a press conference on Sunday, Feb. 4 to denounce President Joe Biden’s open border policies.

The state of Texas is now involved in what amounts to a “Mexican stand-off” with federal authorities over who has jurisdiction over a 2.5-mile stretch of the border along the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass.

Prior to Jan. 10, that area — which includes Shelby Park – had been the site of a huge surge of border crossings by illegal aliens.

White House spokespeople refer to those illegals as “migrants” and “asylum-seekers.”

But Texas officials say that the presence of huge numbers of military-age illegals from the Middle East and China constitute an invasion.

On Jan. 10, Abbott ordered Texas National Guard personnel to deny members of the U.S. Border Patrol access to several miles of the border.

The National Guard then began erecting barriers – including metal shipping containers, fencing and razor wire – to block the illegals from accessing Shelby Park, an adjacent golf course and an area under a port of entry bridge that federal agents were using to process the aliens.

On Jan. 15, the Biden administration asked the Supreme Court to intervene in the impasse, citing the accidental drowning of several migrants in the Rio Grande three days earlier.

On Jan. 17, the Department of Homeland Security gave Texas officials until sundown to relinquish control of Shelby Park. Instead, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton doubled down, refuting the DHS claims in a scathing three-page letter released to the press.

Officials of the Texas Department of Public Safety also began arresting aliens attempting to cross the border on that date, charging them with criminal trespass.

On Jan. 22, the Supreme Court voted 5-to-4 to allow Border Patrol agents to cut Texas’ razor wire.

“This is not over,” Abbott responded angrily. “Texas’ razor wire is an effective deterrent to the illegal crossing that Biden encourages. I will continue to defend Texas’ constitutional authority to secure the border and prevent the Biden administration from destroying our property.”

Texas began installing more razor wire along the border on Jan 24 and ignored another DHS order to give up control of Shelby Park on Jan. 26.

Meanwhile, more than two dozen state attorneys general signed a letter of support for Texas on Jan. 29, addressed to Biden and DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

That letter praised Gov. Abbott and Attorney General Paxton’s efforts to defend the sovereignty of Texas and the United States.

“We are a nation of laws,” that letter read, “and, without a border, we would quickly cease to be a nation at all.”

While the Texas border crisis simmers, Cox’s staff said the 14 governors plan to add their voices to the growing national chorus upholding the Lone Star State’s constitutional right to defend and protect itself if Biden refuses to secure the border.

In addition to Cox, other governors traveling to Texas this weekend will include Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas, Brtian Kemp of Georgia, Brad Little of Idaho, Eric Holcomb of Indiana, Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Jeff Landry of Louisiana, Tate Reeves of Mississippi, Mike Parson of Missouri, Greg Gianforte of Montana, Jim Pillen of Nebraska, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Bill Lee of Tennessee.

The governors’ press conference in Eagle Pass is slated for 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 4.

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