Governor Abbott Applauds Texas National Guard, DPS For Combating Border Crisis

~ Today, Governor Greg Abbott visited the Texas-Mexico border to thank the hardworking men and women of Operation Lone Star for their selfless service. The Governor also provided an update on Texas' response to the ongoing border crisis.

"I'm here in Brownsville today to thank the hardworking men and women who are defending our border for their bravery and courage," said Governor Abbott. "Their extraordinary efforts have had a direct effect of keeping illegal immigrants out of Texas. These men and women in uniform here today, they're considered to be heroes by their fellow Americans. They should be proud of what they've done. I'm proud of what they've done. I thank all the Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Texas National Guard soldiers for working around the clock to hold the line and defend our border."

Governor Abbott also mentioned letters he sent earlier this week to his fellow Governors requesting support for Texas' border security mission following the Biden Administration's decision to end Title 42 on May 11. He highlighted the success of the new Texas Tactical Border Force in deterring and repelling illegal crossings at border hotspots last week. Additionally, he is working with the Texas Legislature to crack down on border-related criminal activity by making it a felony for illegally entering Texas, a felony for operating a stash house, and a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for smuggling illegal immigrants in Texas.

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The Governor was joined at the press conference by DPS Director Steve McCraw, Texas Military Department Brigadier General Matthew Barker, and Texas Border Czar Mike Banks. He has taken unprecedented action to secure the border in response to President Joe Biden's open border policies, including securing $4 billion in funding for security efforts; launching Operation Lone Star; deploying thousands of National Guard soldiers and DPS troopers; deploying a Tactical Border Force; hiring a Border Czar; aiding border communities; designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations; arresting criminals trespassing or committing other state crimes along the southern border; acquiring 1,700 unused steel panels to build a wall; signing 15 laws cracking down on human trafficking; enhancing penalties for fentanyl manufacturing/distribution; issuing disaster declarations; activating Joint Border Security Operations Center (JBSOC); directing DPS, Military Department & Division of Emergency Management to coordinate response efforts & more.

Governor Abbott concluded his remarks by thanking all those involved in securing the southern border: "Texas will never stop doing whatever it takes to respond to President Biden's border crisis to keep criminals, terrorist, and deadly drugs like fentanyl off our streets."

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