No Debate Necessary, The Constitution Article Four, Section 4, Guarantees Border Protection

No Debate Necessary, The Constitution Article Four, Section 4, Guarantees Border Protection

By Deborah G. Stevenson

The federal government has no choice. It is the law. The Constitution requires the federal government to guarantee the States protection from invasion.

Article four, Section 4 of the Constitution says,

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”

The “United States” means all three branches of the federal government. All three branches – Congress, the President, and the Courts – guarantee each State in the Union to protect each State against invasion and domestic violence.

What is an invasion? Among the definitions listed in the dictionary for of them are: encroachment, flood, inundation, and incursion.

If one person crosses the border without permission, maybe that’s not an invasion. I f many people cross the border without permission, especially if they do so in a coordinated, intentional fashion, in groups, very likely the term invasion does apply.

What is the duty of our government officials concerning this invasion and the enforcement of the law?

Regardless of the political party in power, Article Two, Section 3, is clear regarding the duties of the President,

“he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”

Moreover Article Two, §1 of the Constitution requires the President to swear to a specific oath of office – “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United Stales.”

Other federal officials are required to swear to an oath of office, as well. That oath is spelled out in 5 US code §1331. Under. that statue, they must swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and to “well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office.”

Why is this important now?

Now, there are news reports that a new “caravan”, of more than a thousand people, largely from Central America, are moving through Mexico headed directly toward the U.S. border, determined to cross it, seemingly without permission. In fact, it is reported that they are demanding open borders and unfettered access to the United States, it also is reported that one of the groups sponsoring this latest “caravan” has a history of leading other such “caravans” across the borders of this, and other nations, without permission; and it is reported that this sponsor has a “dream” to “turn down border walls”

Looking at the facts logically, this is pretty simple

Is this an invasion? Seems likely to fit that definition.

Is it the sworn duty of the federal government to support and defend the Constitution and guarantee the States against invasion?

Pretty clear that the answer to that is, yes.

Then they have no choice but to act in accordance with the Constitution, and action consistent with the Constitution is long overdue.

Attorney Deborah G Stevenson practices Constitutional and Appellate Law, and is a long time advocate for upholding the rule of law, no matter what the issue involves.

© 2018 Deborah G. Stevenson – All Rights Reserved

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Deborah Stevenson

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Constitutional and Appellate Attorney Founder National Home Education Legal Defense, LLC Private Practice also focuses on Education and Juvenile Law Member of the Connecticut General Assembly established Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee. Invited Speaker before many community and governmental organizations and agencies on Constitutional issues and individual rights, including, but not limited to, before North Carolina legislature’s Caucus on Article V Convention of the States; Maine’s State and Local Government Committee, Connecticut legislature’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus. Testified on a variety of issues before several state legislature’s policy committees. Former panelist on the New England College Admissions Director’s committee on acceptance of homeschool graduates. Invited Speaker at the Western Connecticut State University School Based Mental Health Conference. Initiated joint venture with Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut to publish, for the first time in the state’s history, a pocket version of the Connecticut Constitution and distributed it to every member of the three branches of the state’s government, and members of the public. Served as Legal Counsel for various community and non-profit organizations, including Connecticut Homeschool Network, Inc.; We the People of Connecticut, Inc.; Connecticut Parents’ Rights Coalition, Connecticut Against Common Core; and Connecticut Grassroots Alliance. Authored numerous articles on a variety of Constitutional and individual rights issues. Interviewed on radio, television, and print media on multiple occasions on these issues. Consulted with, and assisted, various legislators in drafting new laws. Former broadcast and print journalist. Parent of two daughters, both successfully homeschooled, before graduating college at agent 15 and 16, both of which also went on to complete graduate schools, and are engaged in successful careers.


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