State Rep. Alex Dominguez referenced the 1836 battle between Sam Houston and Antonio López de Santa Anna, which secured Texas' independence from Mexico.
"This stems from the Biden Administration's refusal to enforce immigration laws and allow illegal immigrants with COVID-19 to enter our country," Abbott said Friday.
The Republican governor said "the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates."
"The new Executive Order emphasizes that the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates," Abbott said in a statement.
"It definitely causes some discomfort for my family to not be certain about our future," one chief of staff for a Democratic state representative said.
"It's a bit like being on the Titanic and offering a life vest and having them refuse to take them," Whitman said. "It's mind-boggling."
One donor used the name "Donnie Darko" while another referred to themself as "StopWasting TaxpayerMoney," contributing just $1.
Reverend Mark J. Seitz and Reverend Daniel E. Flores said Abbott's disaster declaration violates state laws protecting religious freedom.
State legislators from both parties who have participated in past walkouts in Wisconsin, Oregon and Indiana defend the tactic, saying the political costs are high, but well worth the risk.
Abbott has also said that the Democrats will be arrested upon re-entering the state. Democrats have said that he lacks the authority to do so.
Biden and Harris, who have spent weeks advocating for broad federal voting rights measures, plan to meet in the coming days with dozens of Texas lawmakers.
Under a new Texas law, an individual who successfully sues an abortion provider or anyone who "aids or abets" an abortion can collect a minimum of $10,000.
"We have made a lot of progress in recent weeks at ERCOT, but we know there is still much work to be done. All of us at ERCOT share your desire to restore the public's trust in our organization."
"Because once they hit the ground in Texas, they can be arrested and brought back to the Capitol," Dan Patrick told Fox News.
Republican Governor Greg Abbott has said the Democratic lawmakers "will be arrested" when they return.
"The most that could happen is I could be detained," state Representative Jasmine Crockett said. "And it's not the governor who gets to make that decision. It's the speaker of the house."
The Republican said he would call "special session after special session after special session" until the next election.
Democratic lawmakers may be forced to remain out of Texas until the session adjourns, which could take weeks, or risk arrest for denying Republicans a quorum.
Wallace asked Governor Greg Abbott if "the point is to suppress voting" by minority groups.
Former state senator Don Huffines seized on Greg Abbott's absence at CPAC in Dallas to appeal to the GOP's more conservative voters.
Actor Matthew McConaughey has hinted he could run for governor of Texas in the 2022 election.
When we see vulnerable children, we have a responsibility to act. The children arriving at our border have already suffered the severe trauma of fleeing their homes.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott revived the thwarted efforts of GOP lawmakers trying to pass a new voting law that would restrict rights.
Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey has teased that he's eyeing a move into politics in his native state of Texas.
The Republican governor sent a letter to ERCOT demanding the company be better prepared for power-straining scenarios.
West said "the sovereignty of Texas" is at risk from illegal immigration, and he's interested in going after banks laundering money for drug cartels.
"President Trump is adamant about holding China accountable" for fentanyl coming into the U.S. across the southern border, spokesperson Liz Harrington said.
Trump's trip comes days after Vice President Kamala Harris visited with Border Patrol agents in El Paso.
The moves thus far have involved beefing up the team around the governor, but with an eye on early primary contests like Iowa.
"We're still looking to the federal government on this issue and are not expecting Texas to fix this problem," Russell Boening of the Texas Farm Bureau told Newsweek. Texas still faces several eminent domain cases surrounding the previous building of the wall.