Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are stepping up to work together to secure the border; stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas; and prevent, detect, and interdict transnational criminal behavior between ports of entry.
Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has:
🔹led to over 325,000 migrant apprehensions
🔹more than 21,900 criminal arrests, with more than 19,400 felony charges reported.
🔹seized over 352 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission.
🔹bused almost 8,400 migrants to our nation’s capital since April.
🔹over 3,800 migrants to New York City since August 5.
🔹more than 1,200 migrants to Chicago since August 31.
This week, the first bus of migrants departed for Philadelphia from Texas. The busing mission is providing much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities.
“Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps left by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border,” Abbott’s office indicated. “Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Biden’s open border policies.”
RECENT HIGHLIGHTS FROM OPERATION LONE STAR:
Last week Abbott sent a formal letter to White House resident Joe Biden highlighting the record-breaking level of illegal immigration at America’s southern border caused by his sustained dereliction of duty enforcing the nation’s immigration laws. The Governor noted that the federal government’s failure to execute America’s immigration laws has forced the State of Texas to protect its own territory.
“Two years of inaction on your part now leave Texas with no choice but to escalate our efforts to secure our State,” reads the letter. “Your open-border policies, which have catalyzed an unprecedented crisis of illegal immigration, are the sole cause of Texas having to invoke our constitutional authority to defend ourselves.”
The Governor’s letter outlines America’s current immigration laws the President must enforce to satisfy the federal government’s constitutional obligation to safeguard its citizens.
On Wednesday, the Governor ordered DPS and the Texas Military Department (TMD) to expand their unprecedented efforts to combat the growing illegal immigration along the Texas-Mexico border. In a letter to DPS Director Steve McCraw and TMD Adjutant General Thomas Suelzer, the Governor outlined the need for the Operation Lone Star partners to defend Texas against what amounts to an invasion of America’s southern border.
“Until Congress acts or the Biden Administration does its constitutionally required job, Texas guardsmen and troopers must bear the burden of securing the border,” reads the letter. “I order you to use all resources and tools available to repel immigrants from attempting to cross illegally, arrest those who cross illegally and return them to the border, and arrest criminals who violate Texas law.”
Last Monday, the Governor sent a letter to county judges in Texas explaining his Executive Order that invokes the Invasion Clauses of the U.S. and Texas Constitutions to fully authorize the unprecedented actions Texas is taking to secure the border amid an all-time record for illegal immigration, including devoting more than $4 billion toward border security and enhanced public safety measures.
“As Governor of Texas and commander-in-chief of its military forces, Governor Abbott has used constitutional authority, other authorization, and Executive Orders for historic actions such as building a border wall in multiple counties along the border, designating Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, and repelling immigrants seeking to enter illegally,” his office reported.
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