Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott said Wednesday that the Biden administration was “ill-prepared” to handle the border crisis and that Texas will take over the enforcement gaps created by Biden by expanding Operation Lone Star, The Washington Examiner reported.
The governor made his comments during a news conference at the Omni Hotel in Dallas along with DPS Director Colonel Steve McCraw, Team Director Andrea Sparks in the governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Office, and Christy Lopez, Traffick911 advocate.
Abbott was addressing the increased influx of unaccompanied minors at the southern border which US officials began transferring to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on Wednesday.
Operation Lone Star launched early in March to help secure the Texas-Mexico border from illegal smuggling, human trafficking, and unauthorized border crossings.
Currently, there are 1000 Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers, agents, and Texas Rangers involved in the project which will support the governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team.
None of these measures, however, can circumvent the potential damage of 3,000 minors, 2,300 of which are boys between 15 and 17 years old, being brought into the heart of Texas.
“President Biden’s reckless open border policies have created a humanitarian crisis that is enriching the cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers who often prey on and abuse unaccompanied minors,” Abbott said.
“Americans deserve to know what the Biden Administration is doing to investigate the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the border and to protect those who are victims of human trafficking. That is why we are expanding Operation Lone Star to include anti-human trafficking efforts.”
While Texans are no stranger to influxes of neighbors from the south, they are, however, somewhat less used to them being given government transportation and accommodation in a metropolitan area like Dallas. Whether this is a dangerous decision for either the children or the nearby residents, is, unfortunately, a question that will be answered once it’s too late to remedy the problem.