In the United States, the conflict between President Joe Biden and the governor of Texas is intensifying over the situation of immigrants at the Mexican border. At the same time, reform of immigration rules, which will not be agreed upon in Congress, is slowing military aid to Ukraine.
The migrant crisis has intensified in the country, and some commentators have already begun to draw parallels to the civil war in the United States.
In December alone, 300,000 illegal immigrants crossed the border into Mexico, and the number of arrests rose to record levels.
In an effort to slow the flow of illegal immigrants, the governor of Texas has installed a barbed wire barrier, limiting federal Border Patrol access to the US-Mexico border.
These measures were not approved in Washington.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the federal government's right to remove the state fence and allow federal agents to cut the fence along the border.
However, the crisis escalated after Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he would continue to impose sanctions.
On Thursday, half of America's 25 Republican governors endorsed Texas.
They issued a joint statement with Abbott to “increase protections for American citizens against historic immigrant flows that bring deadly drugs like fentanyl and terrorists into the country.”
The governors also asserted that the Biden administration “disregarded its obligations to the states under the Constitution, so Texas has every legal justification to protect the sovereignty of our states and the nation.”
The media drew historical parallels, noting that the use of the term “Constitutional Abstract” when referring to the Constitution during the American War between North and South was characteristic of the Confederacy.
A recent hot spot on the border with Mexico has focused on a small area near the Rio Grande River, where migrants have congregated.
As part of Operation Lone Star, the Texas governor barricaded a 50 km border through the city of Eagle Pass with a barbed wire fence.
He posted photos of the Texas National Guard putting up new barbed wire along the river.
The move does not appear to be in violation of the Supreme Court's order, which allowed removal of existing barricades but stopped installation of new barricades.
Democrats are calling on President Biden to take a tougher stance on the Texas issue.
“Governor Greg Abbott is using the Texas National Guard to prevent and cause chaos at the border,” tweeted Congressman Joaquin Castro.
The White House is trying to hold Abbott accountable for regulating the floating embargoes on the Rio Grande and detaining thousands of immigrants.
The conflict between the president and the governor was soon joined by former US President Donald Trump, who is now confidently leading the Republican presidential nomination in the upcoming elections.
Trump urges states to send National Guard to Texas
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, one of the signatories to the letter of support for Texas, said on January 26 that he was willing to send the Florida National Guard to the US-Mexico border.
“States can step up efforts to ensure territorial sovereignty and our nation's sovereignty,” DeSantis told reporters.
Aid to Ukraine is a step up
Congress failed to pass a bill to reform immigration rules for a second month as emotions flared at the border.
The reform would, among other things, give US President Joe Biden new powers to close the border in the event of an emergency, and speed up the processing of political asylum cases.
But what does this have to do with Ukraine?
The fact is that this draft law continues to provide aid to Ukraine.
On December 6, a draft bill to provide about $106 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan failed on a procedural vote in the US Senate.
It was blocked by Republicans, who made demands for tougher immigration policy. They tried to strengthen the border with Mexico and considered this issue only in relation to aid to Ukraine and Israel.
Trump criticized the deal to strengthen immigration rules in the US.
“A bad deal on the border is worse than no deal,” Trump wrote on the Truth social network on January 27.
Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Republican Mike Johnson, sent a letter to lawmakers saying he is unlikely to approve a border security deal that includes aid funding for Ukraine.
At the same time, Russia is trying to manage a domestic political crisis in the United States.
According to ISW analysts, its goal is to increase instability in the country and prevent political debate on military aid to Ukraine.
At last reports They note that Russian state media and military bloggers continue to fill the information space of the Russian Federation with reports of conflicts between Texas and US federal officials.
Analysts have noted that a well-known warlord with ties to the Kremlin is trying to undermine the legitimacy of the upcoming US elections.
According to ISW, these statements may be part of a targeted Russian disinformation campaign.