Nikki Haley Gives Texas Green Light To Secede From The U.S.

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 02 February 2024 08:30 PM
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In a recent interview, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley faced a challenging question regarding Texas's right to secede from the United States.

Haley's response, that it is "their decision to make," has sparked debate.

The question arose during Haley's appearance on "The Breakfast Club" podcast, where host Charlamagne tha God asked the potential 2024 presidential candidate if she would "use force against Texas if they would try to secede from the Union over the border issue." Charlamagne referred to a 2010 interview in which Haley suggested that the U.S. Constitution permits states to secede.

"I believe in states' rights. I believe that everything should be as close to the people to decide," Haley responded, expressing her support for Texas Governor Greg Abbott's razor wire fencing initiative aimed at safeguarding his state amidst the escalating border crisis.

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When further questioned about secession, Haley stated, "If Texas decides they want to do that, they can do that. If that whole state says we don't want to be part of America anymore. I mean, that's their decision to make."

"I don't think government needs to tell people how to live, how to do anything. I mean, I think that we need to let freedom live," she added.

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However, Haley also acknowledged the improbability of such a scenario, stating, "I think, you know, states are going to make decisions, but let's talk about what's reality. Texas isn't going to… secede. I mean, that's not something that they're going to do."

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The state of Texas is currently locked in a dispute with the Biden administration over its razor wire fence along Eagle Pass, a location witnessing a record number of migrant crossings in recent months. The Supreme Court has ruled that, for now, while the case is ongoing in lower courts, the federal government can dismantle the fence, and Texas can continue its construction.

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Following last week's contentious 5-4 decision, speculation has been rife about the potential escalation of tensions between Texas and the federal government.

Governor Abbott has threatened to invoke Article 1, Section 10, which he claims was "triggered" by President Biden's inaction at the border. This constitutional provision states, "No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay."

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Despite these claims, the Constitution does not permit any state, including Texas, to secede from the Union.

The Texas Tribune reported, "Even before Texas formally rejoined the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that secession had never been legal, and that, even during the rebellion, Texas continued to be a state."

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When Texas rejoined the Union in 1845, its annexation resolution stated that Texas could potentially divide itself into "New States of convenient size not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas."

However, this resolution only suggests that Texas could be divided into five new states, not that it could secede from the U.S. The power to admit new states to the Union lies solely with Congress, as demonstrated by the admission of Alaska and Hawaii in 1959.

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The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia clarified this issue in 2006 when he stated, "The answer is clear. If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede. (Hence, in the Pledge of Allegiance, ‘one Nation, indivisible.’)"

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