With Joe Biden clearly not interested in enforcing our border laws, Texas Governor Greg Abbott took matters into his own hands.
Abbott launched Operation Lone Star to allow local authorities more power to remove illegal migrants after they had crossed the border.
As part of that, Abbott had recently launched an “arrest and jail” operation, which resulted in nearly 10,000 recent arrests.
Send Them Back
Because of the success of the program so far, Texas legislators have passed a new law that will expand the authority of local law enforcement to make more arrests as well as give local judges the authority to order deportation.
This is all due to the initial trespassing laws Texas passed that allowed local authorities to apprehend illegal immigrants who were crossing over on lands owned by Texas border landowners.
When Abbott first signed the law, he stated, "When people start learning about this, they’re going to stop coming across the Texas border.”
Overall, the operation has netted more than 37,000 total arrests. Among those arrested have been gang members, sex offenders, and human traffickers.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Ericka Miller stated, "Had we not been there, all of it likely would have crossed into the country unimpeded.
"The state of Texas is working to send a message to those considering crossing into the country illegally to think again."
In addition to the arrests, Governor Abbott has transported roughly 80,000 migrants out of Texas to sanctuary cities across the country.
At first, many considered the program to be a publicity stunt, but it has brought the border issue to the national spotlight, with cities like Chicago and New York begging for help from the federal government even though they are only seeing just a minute fraction of what Texas is seeing in migrants.
Democrats, civil rights organizations, and the White House have all vowed to fight Abbott’s new laws, but he has not wavered and will continue this fight to secure our border since this administration clearly has no intent to do so.