Texas Governor Greg Abbott has authorized the National Guard to arrest migrants caught breaking the law by illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The move comes after months of inaction from the Biden administration and relaxed policies making it easier for migrants to illegally enter the country. Biden’s ineffective leadership has caused a spike in crime and drug crossings at the border which have decimated towns and cities near the border.
“The Texas National Guard is playing an unprecedented role to secure the border because of the unprecedented refusal of the federal government to fulfill its obligations under federal law,” the Texas Republican governor said Tuesday in a release.
Abbott last month ordered National Guard members to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety in arresting illegal immigrants who break state laws.
“To respond to this disaster and secure the rule of law at our Southern border, more manpower is needed,” Abbott wrote in a letter sent to Major Gen. Tracy R. Norris of the Texas Military Department, The Texas Tribune reported July 27.
“DPS needs help in arresting those who are violating state law. … I hereby order that the Texas National Guard assist DPS in enforcing Texas law by arresting lawbreakers at the border.”
The move is likely to spur pushback from Democrat lawmakers and the Biden administration. Since Abbott launched Operation Lone Star, DPS has reportedly made nearly 5,000 criminal arrests.