Texas launches operations center to oversee efforts of 15 agencies to thwart illegal immigration


By Bethany Blankley
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Governor Greg Abbott launches the Joint Border Security Operations Center to oversee a 15-agency effort to thwart taxpayer-funded illegal immigration from Texas.

Texas shares the longest border with Mexico at 1,254 miles and bears the brunt of illegal immigration. Last year, the state legislature allocated $4 billion for border security efforts, Abbott launched Operation Lone Star, and Texas began building its own wall.

The command center will oversee these larger, agency-wide efforts. It was launched on Friday in anticipation of a deluge of illegal immigrants expected to flood the southern border on Monday. The CDC has designated Monday as the lifting day for Title 42, the public health authority that allows federal agents to quickly deport illegal immigrants.

However, also on Friday, a federal judge halted the administration’s plan, keeping Title 42 in place.

“Another federal court announced today what we’ve known all along: President Biden is ignoring federal law with his open border policies,” Abbott said after Friday’s ruling. hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants remain at our southern border, ready to invade Texas.

“Texas will continue to use all available resources and strategies to prevent this massive illegal migration, including deploying resources from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard, coordinating with Mexican border governors and the activation of the Joint Border Security Operations Center. We remain vigilant in the fight against the lifting of evictions from Title 42.”

Last month, the attorneys general of Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri filed a lawsuit, asking a federal court in Louisiana to stop the administration’s plan; days later, other states joined as plaintiffs. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also filed a separate lawsuit in federal court in Texas.

Of the court’s decision, Paxton said, “Once again the courts are ruling against Joe Biden’s anarchic agenda. Title 42 is one of the last safeguards we have against a deluge of illegals crossing our border. I am happy for our state and our nation that he remains in place.

The JBSOC, based at the Texas Department of Public Safety headquarters in Austin, will coordinate the efforts of 15 agencies, led by the Texas Military Department, DPS and Texas Department of Emergency Management. It will provide 24/7 situational awareness by overseeing intelligence and tactical, sea, air and land operations, coordinating live feeds from Texas National Guard and DPS aircraft, drones and detection cameras, and by staying in direct contact with law enforcement on the ground. At the border.

“Texas will not sit idly by as President Biden puts our state and our nation at risk by…allowing dangerous criminals, illegal weapons, and deadly drugs like fentanyl to relentlessly enter the United States. United and exacerbate the humanitarian crisis on our southern border,” Governor Abbott said.

Abbott also recently reached agreements with four Mexican governors who pledged to work with Texas to combat illegal immigration, the first governor to do so in US history.

Despite historic agreements, more and more people are entering Texas illegally through these Mexican states. Shortly after the deals were struck, a member of the Texas National Guard drowned while trying to rescue drug dealers. His death and the thousands of illegal immigrants streaming into Texas suggest the deals are more symbolic than effective, critics say.

On Friday, Abbott said, “We continue to take unprecedented action to secure the border, scaling up all available strategies and resources in response to President Biden’s current border crisis,” adding that JBSOC “will play a critical role in the response. robustness of our state to provide the border security strategy that Texans — and Americans — deserve.”

But several strategies exist that he has not yet taken, say the conservatives.

Conservatives have repeatedly called on Abbott to use his constitutional authority to protect Texas sovereignty and declare what’s happening at the border an invasion, close ports of entry and take other military action, which he doesn’t. haven’t done yet. They also asked Paxton to issue a legal opinion on the matter, which he did not. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is the only one with such a historic opinion.

Even with Title 42 in place, due to the Biden administration’s widespread reversal of immigration laws, more than 234,000 people have been encountered entering the United States illegally, the most in a single month in the world. recorded history of the United States.

That’s a 1,376% increase from the 17,106 encounters reported in April 2020 under the Trump administration.

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