Texas Gov. Abbott Announces “Operation Lone Star” to Secure Southern Border
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the launch of “Operation Lone Star” on Saturday to respond to President Joe Biden’s failures to secure the nation’s southern border. The president’s immigration policy changes have led to a growing border crisis the governor plans to address.
Reuters reported last week that 100,000 illegal immigrants were caught entering the U.S. from Mexico in February. The total was the highest in February since 2006.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was forced to waive COVD-19 limitations at child migrant shelters to handle the spike in children crossing our border illegally. The Biden administration have barred the media from filming the child migrant shelters in recent weeks and have put a gag-order on border agents from talking to the media so no one reveals just how bad things are at the border.
Since taking office, President Biden has issued several executive orders to roll back the border policies of former President Donald Trump. Biden’s executive order to place a stop on nearly all deportations for 100 days was challenged by the Texas Attorney General.
In addition, another President Biden executive order during his first week in office ended construction and funding of the Trump border wall. The move not only weakened border security, but also destroyed thousands of American jobs.
The Biden administration has also reactivated the disastrous catch-and-release policy implemented during President Barack Obama’s reign. The practice allows illegals arrested at the border to be released into the U.S. until their hearing a year to 18 months later. Reportedly more than 90% of illegals never show up for their hearing.
Texas’ Gov. Abbott has had enough. The state is deploying National Guard troops, along with air, ground, marine and tactical border security support to prevent both human and drug smuggling.
“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” Abbott said in a 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.”
In a related move, Texas Republican State Rep. Bryan Slayton introduced a bill last week to complete the border wall in Texas. Slaton tweeted, “We all know Biden has opened the flood gates at our border. That’s why today, I have filed HB 2862 to finish President Trump’s wall in Texas. If the federal government won’t do its job protecting American citizens, then Texas will stand in the gap and do it for them.”
In a time when the federal government is failing the nation through its immigration policies and border control, Texas is taking matters into its own hands. It will be interesting to watch differences develop along party lines between Texas and the other three border states of California, Arizona and New Mexico.
Perhaps we’ll see similar trends to what took place during the COVID-19 pandemic. States with conservative leaders who chose to allow residents to make their own decisions based on all available information from the CDC, doctors, and the government, like Florida and Texas have thrived, while blue states with prolonged restrictions like New York and California have suffered economically. These two states have lost the most residents in recent years, ironically to Florida and Texas.
If a similar divide occurs over immigration, expect to see immigrant caravans move over to California or New Mexico instead of Texas. Blue states will experience a far worse border crisis, complete with their own refugee camps, while Texas will stand out for guarding its border, complete with finishing its border wall.