July 20, 2024

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard continue to work together to secure the border; stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas; and prevent, detect, and interdict transnational criminal activity between ports of entry.

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 514,900 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 44,600 criminal arrests, with more than 38,900 felony charges. In the fight against the fentanyl crisis, Texas law enforcement has seized over 504 million lethal doses of fentanyl, enough to kill every man, woman, and child in the United States and Mexico combined during this border mission. 

Texas has also transported:

  • Over 12,500 migrants to Washington, D.C. since April 2022
  • Over 45,900 migrants to New York City since August 2022
  • Over 36,900 migrants to Chicago since August 2022
  • Over 3,400 migrants to Philadelphia since November 2022
  • Over 19,200 migrants to Denver since May 2023
  • Over 1,500 migrants to Los Angeles since June 2023

Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps created by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border. Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Joe Biden’s open border policies.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS FROM OPERATION LONE STAR:

WATCH: Governor Abbott: Biden’s Dangerous Border Policies Threaten Public Safety

On Thursday, Governor Abbott joined Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends to discuss President Biden’s lack of meaningful action to address the nation’s border crisis. During the interview, the Governor slammed the Biden Administration for their weak response to the influx of illegal immigrants with criminal records coming into our country and addressed the senseless murder of Jocelyn Nungaray from Houston by two illegal immigrants. 

“The murder of Jocelyn was a direct result of Biden’s open border policies,” said Governor Abbott. “There were multiple opportunities to stop these criminals: one was to have an effective border security plan that would deny illegal entry. Remember, Border Patrol apprehended both of these murderers and then let them go. At the time the murders took place, one of them had an ankle bracelet on them. They were supposed to be monitored, and [the Biden Administration] failed every step of the way. Jocelyn would be alive today had [President] Biden implemented a secure border plan.”

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Governor Abbott: Texas Continues Border Wall Construction In Maverick County

Earlier this week on X, formerly known as Twitter, Governor Abbott shared ongoing border wall construction in Maverick County.

The Governor noted that Texas began building its own wall in response to President Biden’s refusal to secure the border.