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Our southern border is in crisis. The Biden administration has left our country in a serious situation. With the end of episode 42 coming next month, an estimated 18,000 illegal immigrants a day could flow into our communities, which are already overburdened with migrants.
In response, Texas is doing more than any state has ever done to secure the border. As part of Operation Lone Star, Texas is building a border wall; we have deployed 10,000 Texas National Guard and DPS Troopers to the border; we have arrested thousands of dangerous criminals who escaped U.S. Border Patrol; we have returned more than 15,000 immigrants who tried to enter illegally. But by the end of section 42, even these unprecedented steps will not be enough.
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That’s why I met earlier this month with four Mexican governors who share a border with my state, Nuevo León, Chihuahua, Coahuila and Tamaulipas. These governors understand the importance of working together in these challenging times and have promised to take extraordinary measures to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants to Texas.
I sat down with each of these governors and signed agreements outlining what they can do to address these unique circumstances. These Mexican states will now increase security at their ports of entry into the United States, and paramountly along the Rio Grande, especially at low tide crossings, where much of the illegal migration, drug smuggling and cartel activity takes place.
In Chihuahua, Governor Campos is implementing the Sentinel Platform, a $ 200 million technology package that will allow Chihuahua State Police to track vehicles from the moment they leave an industrial park in Juárez until they cross the Texas border to ensure that they do not become smuggling vehicles for the cartels. They also use drones to patrol the border and biometric filters to help capture cartel leaders. Governor Campos is committed to curbing the flow of illegal smuggled goods to Texas.
In Coahuila, the state will man checkpoints throughout their territory to detect the arrival of caravans of immigrants and intercept them before they reach the Texas border. Governor Riquelme will also deploy special teams of personnel, including off-road vehicles and helicopters, to prevent the crossing of migrants at key ports and along the Rio Grande.
In Tamaulipas, the Mexican state with the most bridges to Texas, Governor Cabeza de Vaca has pledged to operate checkpoints throughout his state to identify incoming migrants and return them to Mexico’s federal immigration authorities. He is also deploying special tactical teams to prevent the passage of migrants in the ports of Nuevo Laredo, Miguel Alemán, Camargo, Reynosa, Nuevo Progresso, Matamoros and at low tide crossings along the Rio Grande. Tamaulipas will also use their new C5 intelligence facility in Reynosa to monitor intersections and high-traffic areas along the Rio Grande and share any information they learn with the Texas DPS so we can work together to curb illegal activity along the border.
Each of these states has pledged to me that they will work against the efforts of the Mexican drug cartels, which each year make unimaginable fortunes in smuggling people, lethal drugs like fentanyl, weapons and illegal currency across our southern border. Do not think that it is only innocent migrants who run from failed governments in South and Central America. Through our own border enforcement program, we have captured gang members, cartel insiders, police killers, rapists and even suspected terrorists. And those are just the ones we have apprehended. They come from more than 150 countries around the world.
All of these unprecedented efforts will help us combat the unprecedented levels of migrants we expect at our southern border next month. But none of this is work I or any other governor should be forced to take on. This is President Biden’s job; yet he refuses to do so. Under the previous administration, our border was the safest it has been for years, but one of the first things President Biden did when he was sworn in was to open the floodgates for illegal immigration.
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That’s why I’m now sending buses of illegal aliens that we pick up in Texas and drop them off in Washington, DC. It can be difficult for the White House and Congress to understand the true scope of the illegal immigration crisis if they do not see it first hand. So I bring the border to them.
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To be clear, in Joe Biden’s America, every state is a border state, and until we secure our southern border, deadly drugs, rising crime, and illegal immigrants will flow up from our border to states across this country.
It’s time for Washington to do its thing. Secure our border.