Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene calls for 'national divorce' between red and blue states amid Texas-border standoff over migration

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene called for a "national divorce" between Democratic and Republican states.

  • The Georgia representative was responding to the standoff over migration at the Texas border.

  • The dispute between Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and the federal government has been intensifying.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called for a "national divorce" between red and blue states amid the escalating standoff over migration at the Texas border.

The Georgia congressman responded to a post on X listing Democratic-leaning states that have sided with the federal government in the dispute with Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas.

"When I said we need a National Divorce this is exactly what I'm talking about and a serious example as to why," Greene wrote.

Greene's national-divorce idea is not new — she has often suggested splitting up the United States along political lines— but it is divisive. It has drawn criticism even from fellow Republicans.

The dispute between Abbott and the federal government has been intensifying after the Lone Star State's governor said he would continue to install razor wire at the border to deter migrants from entering from Mexico.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the federal government this week, saying the US Border Patrol could remove wire put up by the Texas National Guard, but this has not deterred Abbott from ordering them to defend it.

Twenty-five Republican governors released a joint statement in support of Abbott on Thursday, praising him for "stepping up to protect American citizens from historic levels of illegal immigrants, deadly drugs like fentanyl, and terrorists entering our country."

Donald Trump is stoking concerns in his White House run

Immigrant families cross into the United States from Mexico
Immigrant families crossing into El Paso, Texas, from Mexico to seek asylum in May last year.John Moore/Getty Images

The escalating tensions highlight how deeply divisive the issue of migration continues to be between Democrats and Republicans.

The Texas National Guard is technically part of the US military, which ultimately reports to the president, but they take orders from the state governors except in exceptional circumstances.

The current standoff has sparked fears among right-wing circles that President Joe Biden could try to federalize the National Guard, and the troops could be forced to choose between loyalty to the state and their country.

The Washington Post reported that the dispute had inflamed loose talk of civil war and resistance from conservative media and politicians.

Former President Donald Trump has made stoking concerns over immigration a central plank of his 2024 White House run.

This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California slammed the "pathetically weak" Republicans after GOP lawmakers buckled to pressure from Trump not to pass a bipartisan border deal.

Greene is one of Trump's most fervent cheerleaders in Congress.

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