Gov. Abbott deploys National Guard, state troopers to counter Texas "border crisis"

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Mar 7th, 2021 6:15 pm
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Last Updated Mar 9th, 2021 at 7:24 am

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Saturday the deployment of the state's National Guard and state troopers "to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas."

The operation, known as Operation Lone Star, will also integrate the National Guard with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Abbott also announced the deployment of air, ground, marine, and tactical border security assets to high-threat areas to "deny Mexican Cartels and smugglers the ability to move drugs and people into Texas."

"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.

"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."

Abbott issued the order after a meeting with Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw in February.


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