Does Texas Want to Secede?


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Overall, Texas does not want to secede. As of 2014, Texas's secession movement is stronger than that of any other state in the union, but in 2012 only 0.2 percent of Texans signed a petition to the White House to be allowed to secede peacefully.

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Pro-secession Texans argue that Texas has a right to secede because, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, particular governments should derive just powers from the consent of the people. When a people no longer want to be governed by the Federal Government, they argue, they have the right to dissolve a union. However, in a 2006 letter written by conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, it was noted that the South's surrender at the end of the Civil War negated any state's right to secede.

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