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Texas Governor deploys 1,000 National Guard soldiers to assist with border crisis


This news story was published on June 22, 2019.
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A United States Border Patrol vehicle (UPI Photo/Earl Cryer)

WASHINGTON – Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that the Lone Star State will be sending approximately 1,000 soldiers from the Texas National Guard to the Southwest border in order to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in response to the continued border security and humanitarian crisis. These troops will provide supplemental staffing support at temporary holding facilities, as well as supplemental enforcement capacity at ports of entry along the border.

“The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we’ve witnessed before and has put an enormous strain on the existing resources we have in place,” said Governor Abbott. “With the deployment of these troops, we are taking action to confront the crisis at the border and keep potentially dangerous criminals and illegal activity out of our communities. By working together with our federal partners, we will continue to pursue a strong and comprehensive strategy to secure our border.”

“At DHS, we have a long history of working closely with our partners in Texas, united by the common purpose of keeping the United States and its people safe and secure,” said Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan. “While we are doing everything we can to manage the crisis, the volume of vulnerable populations arriving every day is simply unsustainable. The deployment of Texas National Guard personnel provides critical support to our law enforcement agents at the border at a time of tremendous need.”

The combined state and federal effort will help address the humanitarian crisis on our border as well as increase border security for Texas communities. National Guard personnel have provided support—such as counternarcotic support operations— in Texas for decades. Over 4,000 National Guard Troops from Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have helped in securing the border in recent deployments.

In the past three weeks alone, more than 45,000 people have been apprehended in Texas crossing the border illegally. Currently, 40 to 60 percent of Border Patrol agents are being pulled away from their border security mission to provide humanitarian support, instead of working on the frontlines to stop drugs, gang members, and dangerous criminals from entering our country.

To help manage this crisis and alleviate the strain on resources and personnel at the border, CBP established temporary holding facilities in El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley for those who cross the border illegally as they await transfer to ICE for further adjudication of their immigration cases.

DHS is taking a “whole of government” approach to confront the ongoing crisis and fulfill the Department’s humanitarian and security obligations. With DHS facilities at peak capacity, rapid growth in the flow of migrants entering the U.S. through the southern border is straining DHS resources to their breaking point, threatening lives on both sides of the border—including underprivileged families and children at risk from the dangerous journey to the U.S.

On May 1, the Administration requested $4.5 billion in emergency appropriations to address the immediate humanitarian crisis at our Southwest border, of which $1.1 billion would support DHS efforts. It has been seven weeks since the Administration’s request for supplemental funding and Congress has yet to act.

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11 Responses to Texas Governor deploys 1,000 National Guard soldiers to assist with border crisis

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 24, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Remember when the last administration did nothing to stop the inflow but fought Texas tooth and nails in the court system to prevent them from taking any action on their own? 🙂

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 23, 2019 at 9:14 am

    you guys are dumb. can you imagine how many wild animals that wall would dirsupt? it wont work anyway and is a stupid idea. guys in trucks guys on the ground and drones in the sky is way smarter.

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      Trump 2020 Reply Report comment

      June 23, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      Way smarter? What are the guys in the trucks, on the ground and the drones, what are they going to do with the live bodies they are encountering. The wall will keep them out so no one has to deal with them. The RINOs and Dems are holding back the wall. Trump has to fight all the way. If everyone of these illegals had to sign that they would vote Republican, you would see their flow here stopped pronto.

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    Monica Bill Reply Report comment

    June 23, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Thank you very much Governor, keep up the good work.

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    John Reply Report comment

    June 22, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    We have to stop this flow, this is obvious and out of control. Get the wall built and do it now!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 22, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      Two and a half years into Trump Presidency with the first two years a Republican majority in both the House & Senate
      and still no wall.

      “I will build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them
      very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border.
      And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.” — Donald Trump

      An how’s that part working out little buckaroo?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 22, 2019 at 10:25 pm

        Please explain why Trump can’t build the wall, try and be truthful.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 23, 2019 at 6:28 am

          The lack of a wall, in fact, offers a good example of why Trump just isn’t very good at presidenting.
          Without discipline, organization or bargaining skills, the administration has never stood much of a chance.
          Here’s the reason he didn’t get his wall: neither party in Congress wants it.
          You know Trump’s wall is nothing more than a rallying cry for his racist base.

          Trump should just lie and say the wall is already built.
          His fascist supporters will believe him and the rest of us will save billions of dollars in wasted taxes.

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            Anonymous

            June 23, 2019 at 8:39 am

            You are so full of shit it is coming out of you ears. They Criminal party of Democrats has fought him on every single proposal Trump has had. If y ou think for one second anyone will believe you lies you are dumber than I think you are and that is pretty damn dumb.

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            Anonymous

            June 24, 2019 at 8:43 am

            some good points in this post. be advised though, that if the wall doesn’t get built by trump, the same constituency that put him in office may well carry forward a future leader who will. i’m going to allow myself to speculate that this future leader will have a broader agenda just build a wall to keep illegals out. if it comes to that, people like yourself will be wise to create an exit strategy.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 22, 2019 at 10:31 am

    At least one state is taking action to help defend our border.