Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing the Texas National Guard to better secure the border. The Guard is now authorized to enforce Texas law, including detaining people who have crossed the border illegally and violated Texas law. They are working with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and local law enforcement to increase border security.
In addition to performing a law enforcement function, the Texas National Guard also assists in the early stages of building border barriers and a border wall.
Governor Abbott praised his efforts, saying, “The Texas National Guard plays an unprecedented role in securing the border because of the federal government’s unprecedented refusal to fulfill its obligations under federal law.”
Governor Abbott designated border security funding as a priority for the current special legislative session. The governor urged on Saturday a call to border commissioners and county judges, border commissioners and county judges to make their voices heard in the House Appropriations Committee during a hearing this week. on the urgent need for this additional funding to secure the border. The proposed endowment would also fund the deployment of more national guards at the border.
Since Governor Abbott launched Operation Lonely Star in March 2021, the Texas Department of Public Safety has made more than 4,600 arrests on charges such as misdemeanors and criminal offense. In addition, OLS has led to the confiscation of illegal drugs and firearms, including more than 700 pounds of cocaine, 127 pounds of deadly fentanyl, more than 8,500 pounds of cannabis and more than 270 firearms to date. In July 2021, more than 212,000 people attempted to illegally cross the southern border of Texas, the largest number since 2000.