The border crisis has been a major focal point for Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R). Recently, the governor announced that his program, Operation Lone Star, had received a “legislative boost”.
“Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 351,000 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 25,000 criminal arrests, with more than 22,000 felony charges reported,” stated Gov. Abbott.
Gov. Abbott's legislative boost was accompanied by further action to help secure the border, with border security being designated as an emergency item.
In a statement, the Texas lawmaker said, “I am proud to be here today with Senator Birdwell and Representative Guillen, so they could see firsthand the work being done by the brave men and women of Operation Lone Star and so we could review plans for the next two years.”
The statement served as more than a simple announcement of future plans but as a warning to people who may try to enter the country illegally.
“We’re sending a message today: If you're coming toward the United States of America and thinking about making a border crossing in the State of Texas, you're picking the wrong state to try to enter into,” stated the governor.
One of Abbott’s newest additions to his administration is a new Texas border czar. The governor took to Twitter to share the information.
“Our new @TexasBorderCzar, Mike Banks, is stationed at the Texas-Mexico border to help lead our historic border mission. Working together with @TXMilitary, @TxDPS, and local law enforcement, we are protecting Texans from Biden’s open border policies.”
Our new @TexasBorderCzar, Mike Banks, is stationed at the Texas-Mexico border to help lead our historic border mission.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 25, 2023
Texas Border Czar Mike Banks made a recent trip to the border, stating, “I wanted to come to speak with the airmen and soldiers on the frontlines to find out what resources and tools are working the best to stem illegal immigration,” said Border Czar Banks.
His statements seem to be in line with Abbott’s recent emphasis on using technology to combat illegal immigration. The Texas Border Czar stated, “We are going to expand our infrastructure and utilize advanced technology to continue to curb criminal activity at our border.”