The decision comes after meeting with DPS Director about security at the border and COVID-19 health concerns.
While the current administration in Washington, D.C. uses National Guard troops as part of ongoing political theater, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is deploying his state troops to address a real security crisis.
This weekend, Abbott and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) launched Operation Lone Star to combat smuggling people and drugs into Texas.
The Operation integrates DPS with the Texas National Guard and deploys air, ground, marine, and tactical border security assets to high threat areas to deny Mexican Cartels and other smugglers the ability to move drugs and people into Texas.
This decision follows a meeting last month between Governor Abbott and DPS Director Colonel Steve McCraw where they discussed strategies to enhance safety and security along the border.
Today Texas launched Operation Lone Star to respond to the border crisis.
It deploys Nat'l Guard + DPS Officers + air, ground, marine, & tactical border security assets to deny Mexican Cartels & smugglers the ability to move drugs & people into Texas.https://t.co/r68J2laDpH
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 7, 2021
The decision comes after a February meeting with DPS Director Colonel Steve McCraw about security at the border and COVID-19 health concerns. Abbott is, once again, taking a #Resistance approach to the policies enacted (or ignored) by the politicos in Washington D.C. and slamming Biden for the real crisis at the border.
“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans. We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis.
Abbott is clearly taking the sensible approach, as Team Biden is fully in denial about the magnitude of the illegal immigration wave descending upon these shores.
Border patrol officials are anticipating 117,000 unaccompanied children will arrive at the border in 2021. Officials are expecting to have encountered nearly 400,000 people crossing the border between October 2020 through February.
The Biden administration last week denied a crisis is occurring on the border, with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas instead describing the situation as a “challenge.”
“The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security are working around the clock seven days a week to ensure that we do not have a crisis at the border — that we manage the challenge, as acute as the challenge is,” Mayorkas said.
The term “Lone Star” may prove to be most apt. Clearly, Abbott can expect no meaningful assistance from federal bureaucrats…but if he succeeds in stemming the flood, his political star will be exceedingly bright.DONATE
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