Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has created a new National Guard special force, the Texas Tactical Border Force, ahead of an expected onslaught of illegal immigration, the Daily Wire reported. The Republican governor deployed them Monday in anticipation of the Title 42 provision that expires this week.
Title 42 was a Trump-era rule that allowed the U.S. to turn away border crossers over concerns about public health. That provision will now sunset on May 11 allowing all comers once again.
Now thousands more migrants per day are expected to attempt to cross the border, adding to the existing problem. President Joe Biden has done precious little to stem the tide of illegal immigration and allowed the problem to get out of control under his watch.
Abbott has slammed the president for his inaction, but now he's taking the problem into his own hands. As many as 10,000 of the new forces plus another 1,2000 Texas Department of Public Safety personnel will secure the border between Texas and Mexico in the wake of the "chaos" created by the rule's expiration.
"They will be deployed to hot spots along the border to intercept to repel and to turn back migrants who are trying to enter Texas illegally," Abbott told reporters during a news conference. He further explained that the National Guard special forces will utilize boats, aircraft, riot gear, and night vision equipment to secure more than two dozen crossings.
"There are 29 places you can cross into the U.S. legally, and our job is to ensure we hold that line and keep those the only places these people can cross," Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said. A statement from the Texas National Guard further outlined the strategy.
"These additional forces will bolster the thousands of Texas National Guard service members already assisting local and state law enforcement agencies to secure the border; stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people into Texas; and prevent, detect, and interdict transnational criminal behavior between the ports of entry," the statement released Monday said, according to Fox News. "We have expanded our capabilities to include boat teams that patrol hundreds of river miles, drones and helicopters that detect illicit activity from the air, and brush teams, security points, and roving patrols that block and interdict illegal smuggling (drugs, weapons, and people) into Texas."
Abbott said the additional 545 special forces personnel are an escalation of Operation Lone Star, which has already had success in turning away 37,000 would-be border crossers. It has resulted in the arrest of 27,000 murderers, "cartel gang members," and other criminals attempting to make their way into the U.S.
The program has also seized "enough fentanyl that would have been enough to kill every man, woman, and child in the United States" at the border before it hit the streets of America. Even with this success, the gravity of the situation Biden has created with a hands-off approach from the federal government is undeniable.
"President Biden is laying down a welcome mat to people across the entire world saying that the United States border is wide open, and it will lead to an incredible amount of people coming across the border illegally," Abbott said. "President Biden’s open border policies is going to cause a catastrophic disaster in the United States."
"According to the Biden administration itself, they anticipate about 13,000 people coming across the border illegally every single day," the governor said of the projections following Title 42's expiration. "If you extend that out over the course of a year, it means it will be about 4,700,000 people coming across the border a year," Abbott explained.
"That will mean there will be more people coming across the border illegally than there are residents of the massive city of Chicago," Abbott said. However, to Biden, that is a feature of the strategy, not a bug.
Biden and the Democrats thrive on giving handouts, creating racial strife, and exploiting poverty to garner votes. Allowing thousands of illegal immigrants into the country will be a boon for them even as it destroys border states.
Texas must defend itself because Biden is actively working against it to ensure as many migrants as possible get into the U.S. At least he can count on the National Guard for help where the federal government refuses.