Former Democratic Judges Declare Invasion, Run For Re-election As Republicans In Texas Border Communities

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By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square)

Two lifelong Democrats are now running for judicial reelection as Republicans in Texas border communities. Both women say they are fighting the Biden government’s open borders policy, which they say is wreaking havoc on their small communities.

The only reason they changed sides, they say, is because the Biden administration’s policies have resulted in more than 2 million people from more than 150 countries crossing the southern border. The cost of crime from an open border – increased human trafficking and smuggling of people, weapons and weapons – into their communities has prompted them to say “enough is enough” and do something about it.

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Both judges were among the first to declare an invasion on July 5, citing an immediate threat to the lives of their residents.

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Terrell County Judge Dale Carruthers, first elected as a Democrat, is now running for re-election as a Republican.

On Tuesday, at a campaign event in Fort Stockton, Texas, she said: “I come from a Hispanic descent, who was a prominent Democrat. The chaos at the border and everything that is going on makes me realize that I had to switch sides.

“I’m very happy to be a Republican and represent this great state of Texas as a judge.”

“Judge Dale Carruthers switched sides over Biden’s failed open border policy,” said Governor Greg Abbott, who attended the event. “She is now running for re-election as a Republican and joins a growing number of Hispanics who have left the Democratic Party. Together we will secure the future of Texas.”

Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara was also a lifelong Democrat until Biden took office and her residents began to struggle with record high inflation, increased crime and fear from an open border. She also issued a disaster statement, declaring an invasion on the Texas-Mexico border.

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“I’ve been a Democrat since 1992,” Guevara said. “I have always fought as a Democrat and this is my first year as a Republican. I am very grateful to Gov. Abbott for all he has done and continues to do for Texas, especially with our border crisis.”

On July 5, six provinces and one city declared an invasion on the southern border, including Terrell and Presidio counties. They also expressed their commitment to uphold the Constitution, arguing that they had to take such an extraordinary measure to protect the lives of their residents.

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When she announced the invasion, Carruthers said her province, with a small population of about 1,000, has been overrun with foreigners entering Mexico illegally.

“We have experienced an invasion that occurs in every language,” she said. “We are trying to protect Texas sovereignty. I am a constitutional judge and we support the constitution.”

After the counties of Kinney, Goliad, Terrell, Jeff Davis, Edwards, Presidio and the city of Uvalde announced an invasion, two additional provinces declared an invasion on Monday: Parker and Atascosa.

Other Republican women running for office in the Texas border communities include Monica De La Cruz and Cassie Garcia, who are both running for Congress in Districts 15 and 28, respectively. Mayra Flores, of Hidalgo County, recently won a special election to become the first Mexican-born Republican woman elected to Congress.

Syndicated with permission from The Center Square.

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