Back in March of 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott began “Operation Lone Star,” an effort to use state resources to stem the flow of illegal immigrants along the Texas border with Mexico.
The Biden border crisis has Texas looking for novel approaches mitigate some of the damage being done – and Governor Abbott’s latest tactic is designed to stop the Biden administration from releasing apprehended illegal immigrants into the country.
The joint effort between the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Military Department is charging illegal immigrants who cross the border with state crimes, so they can’t be simply turned over to the feds.
OPERATION “LONE START”
Abbott deploys Texas National Guard at Border. One key tactic means they won’t have to hand migrants over to Biden. @WestJournalism https://t.co/weemRdLtl6
— Christine A Wheeler (@LittleBitLess1) October 24, 2021
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Operation Lone Star: How it Works
Some charges against the state include drug possession, trespassing or weapons possession.
A favorite tactic of the Biden administration has been to simply release individuals into the U.S. with an NTA – a “notice to appear” before an immigration judge.
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Sometimes, they don’t even do that. The AP reported in April that the feds weren’t even doing that – they were merely booking people and then letting them go.
Operation Lone Star has so far seen 7.700 people facing state charges.
Renee Eze spokeswoman on behalf of Gov. Abbott said:
“The governor has directed DPS troopers to enforce all federal and state criminal laws, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking, and in July ordered National Guard soldiers to begin assisting DPS with arresting individuals for state charges related to the border crisis.”
Further, Texas has called up the state’s National Guard to help with the border crisis – another unprecedented move.
Raul Ortiz, Chief Border Patrol Officer: “The [Trump-era]Migrant Protection Protocols (“Remain In Mexico”) were the best way to control the border environment. #BidenBorderCrisis https://t.co/0ypSNZ3FG0
— Brian Phillips (@RealBPhil) October 22, 2021
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Operation Lone Star Response by DPS and National Guard
Steven McGraw, Texas DPS Director, stated previously that it is the first occasion in Texas’s history that the National Guard was used in such a capacity.
McGraw said, “We will soon be in a position to actually deter transnational crime, rather than react to it after it spreads throughout the state and nation.”
Brigadier General Monie R. Ulis, Operation Lone Star’s Commander, echoed the statements of McGraw, “The Texas National Guard is surging personnel, equipment and capabilities to the Texas and Mexico border region in support of Operation Lone Star. As we build our force, we remain ready to detect, block and apprehend individuals and groups conducting illegal activity.”
At the southern border, Biden’s Administration has been absent.
Texas is home to thousands of National Guard members.amp; @TxDPSTexas Rangers and officers were deployed to protect the border.
The Lone Star State stopped the surge of illegal immigrants in Del Rio & we’re prepared to do it again. pic.twitter.com/zmrHJ8HNIO
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 25, 2021
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There are plans to expand the program as aggressive cartels increase their aggression
The steady flow of illegal migrants is not slowing down, so there’s talk of expanding Operation Lone Star and including the construction border barriers. Governor Abbott stated in the past that Abbott would complete the Texas border wall that Donald Trump had begun.
Operation Lone Star will soon be a reality. After Texas was recently hit by an influx from South America of Haitian migrants, Texans have been told to be ready to receive yet another caravan heading towards the border.
As if the current influx of migrants wasn’t enough, Abbott stated recently on Fox News Channel that Mexican drug cartels have become more aggressive. Some Mexican cartel members shot at National Guard soldiers stationed in Roma (Texas) from the Mexican border.
Abbott continued saying, “This is escalating into a firing war on each side of the border where Texas and our National Guard are having to defend themselves and defend the state of Texas.”
Currently, DPS has identified 23 “high priority” areas they are focusing on.
The Texas state guard is on the ground creating strategic barriers for Operation Lone Star. Texas is also building a border wall to halt the influx of illegal immigrants and deadly drugs coming into our state,” said Abbott.https://t.co/1HBsvYVhp8
— News 4 San Antonio (@News4SA) October 22, 2021
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