Operation Lone Star exposes Sanctuary City’s hypocrisy and busses over 11,000 migrants – The Gilmer Mirror

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas National Guard continue to work together to secure the border, stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people into Texas, and prevent , detect and interdict transnational criminal behavior between entry points.

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to 304,700 migrant arrests and more than 19,800 criminal arrests, with more than 17,400 felony charges reported.

Texas has also transported more than 8,000 migrants to the nation’s capital since April and more than 2,500 migrants to New York since August 5. More than 600 migrants from Texas have arrived in Chicago since late August. The Bus Mission brings much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities.

Operation Lone Star continues to fill dangerous voids left by the Biden administration’s refusal to secure the border. Every individual apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would otherwise have entered communities in Texas and across the country because of President Biden’s open border policies.

RECENT OPERATION LONE STAR HIGHLIGHTS:

Governor Abbott announces arrival of migrants by bus to Vice President’s DC home

Governor Abbott yesterday announced the arrival of two buses of migrants from Texas outside the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. This arrival of migrants comes days after Vice President Harris’ trip to Houston, where she claimed the southern border was secure and denied the existence of a border crisis.

“The Biden-Harris administration continues to ignore and deny the historic crisis on our southern border, which has endangered and overwhelmed communities in Texas for nearly two years,” Governor Abbott said. “Our supposed Border Czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, has yet to even visit the border to see firsthand the impact of the open border policies she helped implement, even going as far as to assert that the border is ‘secure’.”

Learn more about migrant arrivals in Washington, DC.

WATCH: Governor Abbott Discusses Chicago Mayor’s Hypocrisy Over Migrants

This week, Governor Abbott joined Fox News’ Jesse Watters Primetime to discuss Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s hypocritical response to welcoming migrants from Texas to his sanctuary city. After receiving a few hundred migrants, the mayor began busing new arrivals to suburban Chicago rather than welcoming them to her city.

‘[Mayor Lightfoot] is the epitome of hypocrisy for doing exactly what she was criticizing me for, but also for not even acknowledging what President Biden did,” Governor Abbott said. “President Biden flew migrants all over the country, sometimes in the dark of night. She never said a word about what he did.

WATCH: DPS and local officials detail extent of border crisis for full report

DPS joined local border officials and Texans from Eagle Pass in outlining the full scope of President Biden’s current border crisis to Full Measure’s Sharyl Attkisson. The border special highlights the need for Operation Lone Star to combat the chaos caused by the Biden administration’s continued refusal to enforce policies that would prevent illegal border crossings and apprehend illegal immigrants.

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DPS locates Stash House in Laredo hiding 73 illegal immigrants

DPS special agents, with the help of Border Patrol and local law enforcement, this week discovered a hideout in Laredo hiding 73 illegal immigrants – 60 men and 13 women. The illegal immigrants came from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. They were all referred to Border Patrol.

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(PHOTO: Texas Department of Public Safety)

WATCH: Texas National Guard Soldiers Describe Operation Lone Star Pride

Texas National Guard soldiers describe the pride they take in being part of Operation Lone Star and protecting Texas communities from drug and human trafficking and other transnational crimes.

“It’s truly rewarding to be able to give back and support the community I grew up in and continue to live my life,” said Airman 1st Class Medelez of 432n/a Air Expeditionary Group. “With this mission, we are helping Border Patrol mainly because they are overwhelmed with the number of people coming from the southern border.”

“We have to follow the rules and laws of Texas and the United States,” said Senior Airman Kwame Asbill.

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WATCH: A human smuggler leads DPS soldiers in a high-speed vehicle chase

A smuggler led DPS soldiers on a high-speed vehicle chase in Willacy County. The smuggler eventually lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn and crash. The smuggler was charged with human smuggling and 12 illegal immigrants were referred to Border Patrol.

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WATCH: A Texas National Guard soldier details his role in Operation Lone Star

A Texas National Guard soldier described his duties on Operation Lone Star. Working alongside the DPS and other local and federal law enforcement agencies, the soldier detailed patrols along the southern border while ensuring his fellow guardsmen have the resources necessary to carry out their duties. their functions.

“[The mission] is important because we need to secure our border; we need to protect our way of life, our economy and keep drugs out of our communities,” he said.

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WATCH: DPS uncovers smuggling attempt during traffic stop

DPS special agents and Highway Patrol troopers discovered four illegal immigrants – three women and a child – hiding in a vehicle during a traffic stop in Hidalgo County. A personal amount of marijuana and a handgun were also recovered from inside the vehicle. The driver was charged with human trafficking and possession of marijuana.

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Texas National Guard soldiers apprehend 30 illegal immigrants on the banks of a river

Texas National Guard soldiers from the Tactical Response Unit (TRU) sweep teams recently apprehended 30 illegal immigrants on the banks of the Rio Grande one night. The TRU sweep team covers different ground areas each night to deter criminal activity.

“We are an intelligence-based rapid reaction force, and we have the freedom to maneuver in all areas,” said Sgt. First Class Stephen Mata. “We go to the area that’s hot that week and pick and propel and try to find the illegal immigrants in that area.”

TRU operates with land-based brush crews and river patrol boats, while partnering with other state and federal agencies to eliminate transnational criminal activity.

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(PHOTO: Texas Military Department)

Robert M. Larson