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Greg Abbott Authorizes National Guard to Better Secure the Border

The Texas governor is increasing efforts to enforce border security

Governor Greg Abbott authorized the Texas National Guard to arrest people illegally crossing the Southern Border.

In a statement online, the governor’s office said that “in addition to performing a law enforcement function, the Texas National Guard is also helping with the early stages of constructing border barriers and a border wall.”

Last month, the governor had enlisted the Guard to help the Department of Public Safety make arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border. The move was an expansion of Abbott’s June disaster declaration, which allowed the use of state resources to assist with the enforcement of state and federal law.

“The Texas National Guard is playing an unprecedented role to secure the border because of the unprecedented refusal of the federal government to fulfill its obligations under federal law,” said Governor Abbott.

According to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, an estimated 213,000 migrants were encountered at the southern border in July. This was a 13% increase over the already massive 188,000 migrant encounters in June. In July 2020, there were just 40,929 encounters, per Fox News

While also performing law enforcement functions, the Texas National Guard will also help in the early stages of constructing border barriers and a border wall,” reports KXXV.

“The Texas House Appropriations Committee is set to discuss additional funding for border security and the deployment of more National Guard troops this week,” says KVUE.

Among the 17 items specified for the session, the governor included “Legislation enhancing criminal laws or providing funding from unappropriated available revenues to support law-enforcement agencies, counties, and other strategies as part of Texas’ comprehensive border security plan.”

Abbott is looking to secure state funding for the initial construction of a border wall. The project, which would span over 700 miles of the Texas-Mexico border, would take about $1.7 million.

“If approved by lawmakers, the spending package would boost Texas’ border security budget to nearly $3 billion over the next two years, with more than $1 billion already earmarked in the spring,” says the Houston Chronicle. “The most recent two-year budget contained about $800 million for border security operations.”

Although Abbot has been criticized over his efforts to control illegal immigration, the governor has indicated the Biden administration’s decision to repeal Trump’s “Wait in Mexico” policy was to blame. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the White House to reinstate the policy, which requires asylum seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico for their cases to be processed.

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5 responses to “Greg Abbott Authorizes National Guard to Better Secure the Border”

  1. davesnothere says:

    This is such a textbook example of the legal function and utility of the states National Guard.

  2. coldwater says:

    That is a step forward. Waaaay late, but a step forward. If the feds tell them to step back will they comply immediately? The feds have been doing everything possible to dismantle the border. We will see, it only matters if they end up following through, arresting, detaining, deporting…etc.

  3. kellybw says:

    Holy f that is a lot of people. Imagine the strain on the local communities having a surge of people that come through, asking for help and money. That isn’t to say every single potential migrant isn’t capable of navigating the system successfully but I have my doubts. English as a second language would be an incredible barrier to people trying to find their way around.

    There are people in the city already working in farms and local businesses, where are these migrants going? What will they do? There is a reason why there is a system for accepting or denying immigrants. There many things to consider.

    These people should not be jumping the line in front of those who are legally processing their immigration. Then, what do we do with two hundred-thousand people who don’t have jobs, homes, friends, family, food, can’t speak English?

  4. Ssevasta says:

    its about damn time.

  5. UppityG says:

    Every state in the union should take back all control over their borders not specifically the purview of the Fed and start demanding that Capitol Hill shrink the size of the Fed govt. This business of the Fed re-distributing tax funds from all the states to all the other states via states of emergency declarations, infrastructure schemes (cf CAs light rail from nowhere to nowhere), and other boondoggles has made too many states dependent on Fed funding.

    Gov Abbott is my governor and I’m glad he’s finally, finally, responding to the voters, but he’s not dependable that way all of the time. I think he’s only being responsive because this is a re-election year for him. He does not automatically have my vote, because I like Col West for the job.

    Enough is enough. I’m so very tired of having unending streams of strangers flowing through not just my state but my country. We don’t owe the world any asylum and we don’t owe the world a job. Those are lies told to us by billionaires D and R alike to allow them to keep hiring cheap workers and betraying the American workers.

    BTW, great photo for the news item.

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