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Abbott launches “Operation Lone Star,” to enhance safety and security along the border

“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration...
“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” said Governor Abbott.(Evan Vucci | AP)
Published: Mar. 6, 2021 at 7:01 PM CST
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) - Governor Abbott launched Operation Lone Star Saturday to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas.

The Governor says he will use the combined forces of DPS with the Texas National Guard and deploys air, ground, marine, and tactical border security assets to high threat areas to deny Mexican Cartels and other 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,” said Governor Abbott. “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.”

Laredo station KGNS spoke to Congressman Henry Cuellar who predicts the U.S. is weeks, maybe even days, away from a critical situation along the southern border.

A challenge could be heading to the border.

“In the last 7 days in the valley they have stopped 10,000 individuals and 2,500 individuals in the last two days and many are being released,” says Cuellar.

The report states that Cuellar fears a recent increase in migrant apprehensions along the southern border could lead to a surge.

A surge he says the country is currently unprepared to handle in the middle of the pandemic.

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