EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Operation Lone Star officials have announced that more than 9,000 criminal arrests have been made at the US-Mexico border since March, saying more than 7,200 of those arrests were for misdemeanors.
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According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), four members of the MS-13 gang were caught crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley last week.
In addition, Operation Lone Star officials apprehended more than 160,000 migrants for crossing the border illegally and seized nearly $ 6 million worth of drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and fentanyl.
Operation Lone Star was launched by Governor Greg Abbott eight months ago with the aim of securing the southern border.
In an exclusive interview, Governor Abbott said the state of Texas has had to take matters into its own hands to keep the people of Texas and the country safe.
“We must react in an extraordinary way because of the refusal of the Biden administration to enforce United States immigration laws. Because he doesn’t enforce immigration laws. We are seeing a record number of people crossing the border, including some people who were recently arrested as members of the MS-13 gang, people who were arrested for murder and rape. It becomes very dangerous, including having people from over 150 countries around the world. You may remember the Haitian crisis that happened in Del Rio, we have additional caravans arriving as we speak and as a result of that we have mobilized 10,000 officers from the National Guard and the DPS to be at the border. They put up these big massive containers that you see on the 18 wheels or these container ships to form a blockade. They lay razor wire to prevent people from crossing the shore. They should go through ports of entry as required by federal law and on top of that we are building the Texas border wall because all law enforcement says the border wall provides a deterrent and a channeling method for people crossing the border illegally. “
Governor Greg Abbott
Governor Abbott touts the long line of shipping containers on the banks of the Rio Grande as the “steel curtain.”
As for the Texas border wall, according to the abbot, more than $ 54 million has already been donated for its construction, in addition to the $ 250 million down payment he allocated to get it started.
Abbott saying Texas is being forced to physically secure the southern border because the federal government refuses to enforce laws passed by Congress.
“The Biden administration wants to have an open border policy and whenever we take action that will actually enforce the immigration laws passed by Congress, the Biden administration tries to challenge us. For example, I issued an executive order to try to protect the health and safety of Texans, and the Biden administration took legal action against me and got a federal judge to rule against my executive order. But the main way for them to push back is by not stepping up and securing the border, which is required by federal law. “
Governor Greg Abbott
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