Texas has launched an operation in which it would deploy the state’s forces, including the National Guard and state troopers, to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas, defying a claim from the Biden administration that there is no border crisis.
“Today Texas launched Operation Lone Star to respond to the border crisis,” Gov. Greg Abbott announced in a tweet on Saturday evening, March 6.
The operation will integrate the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) with the National Guard, said the governor, who also ordered the deployment of air, ground, marine, and tactical border security assets to high threat areas.
“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,” the Republican governor tweeted.
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
In a statement written in an article attached to his tweet, Abbott made clear, “The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration.”
“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,” Abbott said.
“We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis,” he continued.
Abbott decided to launched the deployment after he met DPS Director Col. Steve McCraw last month to discuss strategies to enhance safety and security along the border.
There is a massive increase in illegal border crossings due to President Joe Biden’s open border policies since he took office in January, according to Breitbart.
Earlier this week, even a Democrat congressman, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), admitted, “We are weeks, maybe even days, away from a crisis on the southern border.”
Cuellar said that the country is currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of the pandemic, after revealing that Border Patrol agents apprehended approximately 10,000 migrants in the Rio Grande Valley Sector during a seven-day period ending on March 3.