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Gov. Abbott Reports Over 500,000 Border Arrests

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has released a report praising his state’s efforts in arresting nearly 500,000 migrants over the last three years. 

Operation Lone Star

Credits: DepositPhotos – The Texas National Guard monitors the border between Mexico and the United States to prevent migrants from entering the country irregularly to seek asylum. — Photo by Laflota

“Operation Lone Star,” the initiative launched by the governor against illegal immigration, began in 2021 by allocating substantial resources to enhance border security measures.

Abbott’s Multi-Billion Dollar Initiative

Credits: DepositPhotos – Hundreds of migrants arrive by train to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, ready to cross the border into the United States in search of a better life. (05/13/23) — Photo by Laflota

The program, which encompassed various strategies, including transporting undocumented migrants to cities like New York and Denver, which have been designated as “sanctuary cities” and are primarily under Democratic administrations, has drawn both praise and criticism for its controversial tactics.

Celebrating Success

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In his “2024 Report to the People of Texas,” Abbott lauded the state’s achievements in immigration enforcement, specifically focusing on fentanyl seizures.

Legal Battles Over Border Policies

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Despite Abbott’s perceived success with his border initiatives, legal disputes have arisen, particularly concerning a law allowing Texas police to arrest individuals suspected of illegal border crossings, which has been stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Mixed Views on Abbott’s Border Strategy

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While Abbott’s border policies have garnered support among many Texans, they have also faced criticism for their perceived harshness and potential infringements on federal authority.

Polls Suggest Strong Support For Abbott

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Nonetheless, recent polls suggest Abbott’s approval rating is growing, indicating a nuanced public response to his approach.

Fentanyl Seizures

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Despite Abbott’s focus on illegal entry, data indicates that fentanyl seizures are more prevalent at legal ports of entry. This brings into question the effectiveness of the measures.

Immigration Trends

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Additionally, data also reveals that U.S. citizens are primarily involved in the illicit drug trade in the country rather than foreign nationals.

Repurposing Border Wall Materials

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Abbott’s administration has also allocated resources to repurpose unused steel panels originally intended for the border wall proposed by former President Trump. 

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