The Lone Star State is taking a firm stance due to the pending end of a crucial Trump-era immigration policy. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is ordering the deployment of the state’s national guard to the U.S.-Mexico border in anticipation of the end of Title 42.
The Texas governor criticized the Biden administration for announcing the end of the pandemic-era policy. Abbott, among others, believes that the end of the policy will lead to a new surge of migrants attempting to enter the country.
We’re deploying the new Texas Tactical Border Force to border hotspots to repel illegal crossings.
These elite soldiers will fill in the gaps in preparation for Title 42 ending this week.
In Biden's absence, Texas continues taking unprecedented action to respond to this crisis. pic.twitter.com/Mgam014GCM
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 8, 2023
Abbott responded to the potential crisis by ordering 10,000 National Guard troops and 1,200 police to the Texas-Mexico border.
The governor said that the forces “will be deployed to hot spots along the border to intercept, to repel and to turn back migrants who are trying to enter Texas illegally.”
He also said that the National Guard and police would be used to fill more than two dozen potential crossing sites along the border.
Texas will use a variety of means to do this, including night vision, boats and aircraft.
The state is acting swiftly as some estimates place the increase in migrants attempting to cross the border at more than 10,000 per day. Some cities and states beyond the southern border, such as New York, are preparing for the change.
Then-President Donald Trump enacted Title 42 as a means of controlling the surge of migrants to the border during the pandemic.
The policy allowed for the swift removal of illegal aliens and played a role in historically low border figures during the Trump administration.
However, despite the continuation of Title 42, there has already been a significant increase in the number of people attempting to cross the border since Biden took office in January 2021.
The number of encounters between U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and migrants reached more than two million in fiscal year 2022.
During the same period, there were almost 600,000 migrants who were able to enter the country,