Constitutional crisis in US: political scientist Motyl on situation in Texas
Oleksandr Motyl, historian, political scientist, professor at Rutgers University, noted that the largest part of the US border with Mexico is in the state of Texas, so they decided to take the case of migrants into their own hands
He shared his opinion on Espreso TV.
"Texas is a state that, by the way, was once an independent state, and people there have a very sophisticated sense of their own uniqueness and identity. It has always been, is, and will remain a deeply conservative state for some time to come. On the map, you can see that the largest part of the border with Mexico is in Texas," the historian commented.
According to the political scientist, he is not surprised that Texas decided to take matters into its own hands because the situation is not developing as it should or should have. However, there is zero chance that the United States will break up and Texas will become an independent state.
"The US is still a federation, and states have different rights that are greater than those of the former Soviet republics. And Texas especially believes that it has the right to protect itself from migrants, thus creating a kind of constitutional crisis that may now reach the Supreme Court. As you can see, they have allowed themselves to do this in Texas, and it is difficult to deny them this right, so sooner or later it will all go to the courts," Motyl summed up.
- On January 26, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he was ready to go against the federal government in protecting the southern border of the United States from the influx of migrants.
- White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a briefing that the Biden administration considers the Texas governor's actions to protect the US border "dangerous".