Texas Nationalist Group Seeks Secession Due to Failure To Control the Immigration Crisis

By: Julia Mehalko | Published: Apr 19, 2024

The Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) has announced that they will support secessionist movements in both Texas and Mexico as a result of the ongoing immigration crisis.

This announcement was revealed by TNM’s president Daniel Miller in a video that was posted on social media. This video message was delivered to Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The Texas Nationalist Movement

TNM is one of the more popular secessionist movements in Texas that wants to see the Lone Star State fully leave the United States. Previously, the movement was attached to the Republic of Texas. In 2005, it became its own group.

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Thanks to ongoing problems between Texas and the U.S. government, TNM feels more confident than ever that the state could actually secede in the near future.

Texas History

Texas has been an independent nation before. After settlers revolted while under Mexican control, Texas became its own country in 1836.

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For nine years, Texas was a nation called the Republic of Texas. However, the region eventually ended up joining the United States in 1845.

More Talk of Secession

Recently, there’s been more talk of Texas seceding on social media as a result of the country’s ongoing southern border crisis. Talk of the United States breaking apart has hit national news publications, even though legal analysts have stated that this won’t happen.

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Regardless of whether Texas secession is a fantasy or not, people are discussing Texas breaking away from the U.S. more than ever now.

Mexico Secession

TNM has been talking about Texas seceding for decades now. Interestingly, the group has pivoted to also support some parts of Mexico seceding.

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In this latest video, TNM’s president Miller spoke in both English and Spanish to champion parts of Northern Mexico to successfully break away from the rest of Mexico.

Texas, Mexico, and the Immigration Crisis

According to Miller, Texas and Northern Mexico need to break away and form their own republics to better control the immigration crisis — as he says the U.S. and Mexico are failing at this.

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Miller has even gone so far as to accuse the government of Mexico of “turning a blind eye to illegal border crossings.” This has led to “a humanitarian disaster, a surge in criminal activity and a strain on Texas resources and public services.”


Secessionist Movements in Mexico

Miller also discussed how he became aware of secessionist movements forming throughout the northern states of Mexico years ago. Now, he is publicly supporting these very movements.

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Miller said, “I am announcing that the Texas Nationalist Movement is offering its full support to this movement in its mission to assert the independence of the northern states of Mexico…We pledge to provide assistance, expertise and solidarity to our neighbors in their pursuit of a peaceful democratic and legal pathway to independence.”


A Call for Massive Change

Miller also explained that he doesn’t think the immigration crisis will ever end. The only way it will is if Texas no longer shares a border with Mexico — thus, calling for a Mexican secession in this area.

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This announcement also insinuated that TNM would begin to offer public support, and possibly even aid, to these organizations across the southern border.


Blaming the Mexican Government

Miller put a lot of the blame for the border crisis on the Mexican government in this video.

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“Our support will be aimed at helping these states organize a powerful movement towards self-determination, focusing on peaceful dialogue, legislative action and advocacy to secure and win a referendum for independence. The actions of the Mexican government have brought us to a crossroads in this defining moment,” he said.


Support for Texas Secession

Though more people may be openly discussing Texas secession, that doesn’t mean that Texans actually want to become their own independent nation. A recent survey discovered that only 23% of Texas voters would support secession.

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By comparison, 67% of Texans would vote to remain a part of the United States.


The Ongoing Immigration Crisis

However, other studies have shown that the ongoing southern border crisis — and the continuous legal war between Texas the the Biden administration — has caused some Texans to consider secession a little bit more openly.

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According to one poll, this immigration crisis has resulted in 44% of Texans becoming more likely to support secession, if it were to ever happen.


Remaining Tensions

As Texas the the federal government battle it out in court over what the state can and cannot do to try to solve the immigration issue, tensions remain high. Secession is hinted at — even by high-ranking officials such as Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

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“The federal government has broken the compact between the United States,” Abbott said earlier this year.