Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he is sending the state’s National Guard and State Troopers to help deal with the sudden flood of migrants at the Southern Border.
Governor Abbott announced Operation Lone Star “to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas” on Saturday. The operation will integrate the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) with the National Guard, Abbott said. He is ordering the deployment of air, ground, marine, and tactical border security assets to high threat areas.
The governor pointed directly to the Biden Administration’s relaxing of many Trump-era policies as being to blame for state being forced to respond:
“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” the governor said in a written statement Saturday evening. “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.”
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
President Biden has faced a growing crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico since taking office, with many critics pointing to his executive action to overturn former President Donald Trump’s policy of sending migrants back to their country of origin as being a primary cause of the situation.
Biden has also faced criticism from his left thanks to the administration’s decision to reopen a temporary child migrant facility that many progressives decried as inhumane when it was opened under Trump.
The administration opted to increase capacity at the border’s permanent holding facility in response to the controversy, though that decision now risks a greater spread of COVID-19 among migrants held in more crowded facilities.
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