Eagle Pass residents with the newly formed Eagle Pass Border Coalition join with organizers from the No Border Wall Laredo Coalition in San Juan Park just before Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s news conference in Shelby Park on February 4, 2024, in Eagle Pass, Texas. (CANDICE BERND)

Residents of the border town at the center of an ongoing feud between Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Biden administration made it clear over the weekend that the only people they see as “invaders” in their community are 14 Republican governors and a convoy of Christian nationalists calling themselves “God’s Army.”

“There has been an invasion, but I’m not talking about the immigrants. The invasion is from Governor Abbott and his political rhetoric,” said Juanita Martinez, an Eagle Pass resident and chair of the Maverick County Democratic Party, on Friday outside the Maverick County Courthouse. …

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