The Operation Lone Star program was launched to help curb the number of illegal crossings from the U.S.-Mexico border and so far it has recorded immense success. After being launched in March, Texas’ Operation Lone Star has recorded thousands of apprehensions and criminal arrests.
Fox News reports:
Its troopers, through July 22, have also been involved in 546 vehicle pursuits and have seized more than 4,800 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamines, 936 firearms and $7.8 million dollars in the areas of the Rio Grande Valley, Del Rio, Big Bend and El Paso, the department says.
“Since Operation Lone Star began in March, DPS has deployed around one-thousand Troopers to assist at the border,” it added in a statement. “DPS Troopers continue to enforce all state violations of law including, but not limited to, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, smuggling and human trafficking.”
“Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans,” the governor added.
On Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Fox News that his state has been “forced into” arresting migrants crossing the border illegally because the federal government has “no interest in doing the job.”
The Biden administration has continued to ignore the ongoing border crisis leaving states to face the consequences. Other states have sent National Guard troops to some border states overwhelmed by the crisis.