By Allan Wall, March 10, 2021
Recently-inaugurated President Joseph R. Biden is presiding over an increase in illegal entries, inspired by his campaign promises and policy adjustments, which encourage Latin Americans (and others) to make a run for the border.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (pictured) has responded with a Texas operation meant to counter the problem.
This is not the first time the state of Texas has done something to combat the Biden administration’s encouragement of open borders.
On the second full day of the Biden presidency, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton brought suit against the Biden administration’s 100-day deportation moratorium, a suit which was successful in at least delaying one aspect of the Biden agenda.
Now Texas is launching Operation Lone Star.
A March 6th statement from Governor Abbot’s office declared that “Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today launched Operation Lone Star to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas. The Operation integrates 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 statement blamed the 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. Texas … 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.”
It’s a bold move, and I wish it success.
The governor of Texas has a number of security agencies under his authority, including the famed Texas Rangers, the Highway Patrol, the Texas State Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, and the Texas Army National Guard. (Full disclosure: I served in the Texas Army National Guard for a number of years).
Further assistance can be obtained from municipal and county governments on the border.
So you see, Texas has a mighty host it can deploy in Operation Lone Star.
How will the federal government respond? That should be interesting.
And think of this irony, regarding COVID-19 policy.
President Biden criticized Governor Abbott for ending the state’s mask mandate and business capacity restrictions.
Simultaneously, Joe Biden and his administration is encouraging and allowing the free entrance of hordes of foreigners, some of whom have COVID-19.
“The Biden administration must stop importing COVID into our country,” said Governor Abbott on March 4th.
According to a March 3rd article by Sandra Sanchez, “Felipe Romero, spokesman for the City of Brownsville, confirmed to Border Report late Wednesday [March 3rd] that 108 migrants who were released at the downtown bus station in Brownsville over the past month by DHS officials have tested positive for the coronavirus. … he said the city cannot stop the migrants from traveling because they have been issued documents by Department of Homeland Security allowing them north into the interior.
(Update: As of March 8th, Romero reported that the total of migrants with COVID-19 passing through the bus station had risen to 185. What is it by now?)
This is not just a Republican criticism. Long-time Democratic congressman Henry Cuellar has criticized this policy.
A March 5th CNN article reported that, “After relaxing state Covid restrictions this week, Abbott alleged, without evidence, that migrants coming into Texas are exposing the state’s residents to the coronavirus.”
That was in the second paragraph. But down in the fourth paragraph from the bottom, it discusses the Brownsville bus station: “Brownsville Mayor Juan ‘Trey’ Mendez III said Thursday [March 4th] that 108 migrants out of about 1,700 have tested positive in the city, a number he says is not alarming despite criticism from state officials.”
So the mayor says, “it’s not alarming.”
But that’s only one bus station. What about the other bus stations? What about people who are getting through and not getting tested?
As the Biden administration progresses, we may see various issues in which the federal governments and state governments enact contradictory agendas.
If the Biden administration doesn’t like what Texas is doing, it should have a better border policy, one that protects our nation, its sovereignty and its people.
Editor’s Note: Legal Immigrants for America also – favorably – weighs in on OLS.
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