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Texas Governor Claims “Our stiff resistance is working” as Border Crossings Decrease by Half

Governor Greg Abbott of Texas is asserting that his state-led efforts have led to a significant decrease in illegal border crossings, with numbers falling by 50 percent since December.

As the nation grapples with immigration challenges, Abbott’s claims draw attention and spark debate.

Border Crossing Trends

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Recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) indicates a shift in migration patterns, with fewer migrants crossing into Texas and more heading toward Arizona or California.

Governor Abbott Takes Credit

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Governor Abbott attributes this change to Operation Lone Star, a state-led initiative deploying law enforcement and National Guard troops along the border.

“Our stiff resistance is working,” Abbott wrote on social media last week. “Texas will continue to hold the line.”

Political Implications

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The decline in border crossings carries political implications for both parties, with Democrats and Republicans closely monitoring the situation.

As the midterm elections approach, immigration policies are expected to be a focal point of debate.

Importance of California and Arizona

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Democrats govern both Arizona and California, and a significant migrant inflow into those states would put additional pressure on localities already straining to assist migrants.

Arizona, a swing state, is crucial to Biden’s reelection campaign.

Public Perception

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A Pew Research Center survey conducted last week shows that 80% of American adults believe the government is handling the border influx poorly.

Smugglers and Their Impact on Crossings in Arizona

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

Smugglers in Mexico are aware that large-scale crossings into isolated parts of southern Arizona can quickly overwhelm CBP, increasing the possibility that migrants will be released into the United States rather than being sent back.

Head of CBP Agents Union on Issue

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The head of the union that represents Border Patrol agents, Brandon Judd, stated that the recent westward shift in crossings is “strictly based upon what Gov. Abbott has done.”

The union has endorsed Donald Trump in the last two elections.

Judd’s Statement

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“We’re seeing that huge shift to Tucson, to San Diego, and that’s simply because the cartels are going to do what they need to do to generate a profit,” Judd told News Nation.

“When Gov. Abbott continues to put more pressure on them, it becomes a lot more difficult, so they start to expand their operations to other areas.”

Response from Governor Abbott

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Governor Abbott has hailed the decrease in illegal entries as a success of Texas’s firm stance on border security.

He asserts that continued vigilance is necessary to maintain control over the state’s borders.

Challenges to Abbott’s Claims

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While Abbott attributes the decline to state initiatives, some federal officials and experts argue that other factors, such as seasonal changes and enforcement efforts by the Mexican government, also contribute to the decrease.

Border Patrol and DHS Statements

Credits: DepositPhotos – Central American migrants detained by border patrol after they irregularly crossed the border to seek humanitarian asylum in the United States — Photo by Laflota

CBP and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have acknowledged the decrease in border encounters but suggest that multiple factors are at play.

They emphasize ongoing cooperation with international partners to address smuggling networks.

Criticism of Abbott’s Claims

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Despite Abbott’s assertions, some officials question the extent of the state’s impact on border crossings, pointing out that security measures were already in place prior to the recent decrease.

Implications for Immigration Policies

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The decrease in border crossings may influence future immigration policies and enforcement strategies.

Policymakers are likely to examine the effectiveness of state-led initiatives and federal interventions.

Challenges in Arizona

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While Texas experiences a decline in crossings, Arizona continues to grapple with significant numbers of migrants, particularly from Mexican states affected by cartel violence.

Enforcement Efforts

Credits: DepositPhotos – Juarez, Mexico, 12-21-2022: Texan National Guard places wire and barbed wire on the banks of the Rio Grande to prevent migrants from crossing into the United States to request humanitarian asylum. — Photo by Laflota

Increased enforcement measures by both Texas and Mexico have contributed to changes in migration patterns.

However, challenges persist in securing the border and addressing underlying factors driving migration.

Upcoming Legislation

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Texas is poised to implement SB4, a new law allowing police to arrest individuals suspected of being in the country illegally.

Legal challenges and debates over federal versus state authority are expected to intensify.

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