On Saturday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Operation Lone Star in response to the border crisis. The state’s National Guard and State Troopers are set to respond to the crisis. Governor Abbott ordered the deployment of air, ground, marine, and tactical border security assets to high threat areas.
Governor Abbott revealed Operation Lone Star, which was created “to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas”. The new operation will coordinate the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) with the National Guard, Abbott said.
“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” Gov. Abbott said in a written statement.
“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,” he continued.
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
Gov. Abbot issued the order after the meeting with Texas DPS Director Colonel Steve McCraw. They discussed methods of ways to increase safety and security along the border. The announcement comes after Biden took office in January and has since had questionable actions regarding immigration policy.
Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said earlier this week that Border Patrol agents detained approximately 10,000 migrants in the Rio Grande Valley Sector during a week, Breitbart Texas reported.
“We are weeks, maybe even days, away from a crisis on the southern border. Inaction is simply not an option,” Congressman Cuellar said in a written statement. “Our country is currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of the pandemic.”
In Brownsville, Texas, Six percent of migrants being released into the United States are testing positive for COVID-19, Breitbart Texas reported.
Brownsville officials say that they do not have the authority to prevent those who test positive from entering into the U.S.. A worker at the bus station told Fox News they cannot ask passengers for proof of coronavirus test results before transit. Cuellar added, “I urge the Biden Administration to listen and work with the communities on the southern border who are dealing with the surge of migrants.”