Gov. Abbott Announces Plans to Surge Resources to Operation Lone Star

Gov. Abbott Announces Plans to Surge Resources to Operation Lone Star

Joshua Smith
Joshua Smith
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October 2, 2023

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) recently announced plans to surge resources to his much talked about program, Operation Lone Star. The added resources are intended to help combat illegal immigration and drug smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a statement, Gov. Abbott listed the various ways the operation had affected the border and those attempting to cross it illegally. These tactics include arresting migrants, as well as confiscating deadly drugs. 

“Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 470,100 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 34,600 criminal arrests, with more than 31,600 felony charges reported. In the fight against fentanyl, Texas law enforcement has seized over 431 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission.

One of the most controversial tactics implored by some Republican officials is busing. Abbott’s statement highlights the thousands of migrants that have been bused to several Democrat-leaning cities.

The state of Texas has bused over 50,000 migrants to cities such as Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles.

Abbott blamed the president for the multiple migrants that crossed the border.

“Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps created by the Biden Administration's refusal to secure the border. Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Joe Biden's open border policies.”

The Texas governor has placed a heavy emphasis on one drug, in particular, fentanyl.

“Fentanyl is the leading cause of death for Americans 18-45. Texas launched our #OnePillKills campaign last year to raise awareness of this deadly drug. Thanks to a new law I signed this year, October is now Fentanyl Poisoning Awareness Month in the state of Texas.”

Joining the governor in fighting against the drug’s use in America, Texas Representative Beth Van Duyne (R)  tweeted her efforts to stop the illegal smuggling of the deadly opioid.

“Fentanyl is pouring into our country and killing more Americans under the age of 50 than car accidents, heart disease, or cancer. I’m working to secure the border to stop Mexican cartels from continuing to poison and take the lives of our children.”

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Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is a writer and recent graduate, majoring in English.

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