Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the deployment of ten M113 armored personnel carriers to the state’s southern border with Mexico. The Texas governor’s action is in response to the federal government’s planned end to the Title 42 migrant deportation protocol and the planned increase in border crossings.
The ten M113 armored personnel carriers (APCs) left staging areas near Fort Hood earlier this week and are being transported by trailer to the Texas border region, according to information obtained from Texas Military Department officials. .
“The troop carriers are being trucked to security points along the border today. This will further protect our forces from increased cartel-led criminal activity,” officials said. of the TDG in a written statement, “The lifting of Title 42 could result in a massive influx of illegal immigrants allowing criminals to further exploit loopholes where federal authorities are inundated with migrant processing.”
Texas military officials say the vehicles are needed to protect soldiers deployed on Operation Lone Star from increased violence in the border region.
“Between October 1, 2021 and November 8, 2022, members of the Texas National Guard Service experienced 267 suspicious or violent occurrences,” officials said. “These events include receiving gunshots across the border, physical assaults, drone activity, laziness, surveillance, suspicious activity, threats of violence against the task force, and threats of violence against individuals.”
Governor Abbott’s office added, “Personnel carriers are being trucked to security points along the border to enhance protection against increased cartel criminal activity. The lifting of Title 42 later this month could lead to a massive influx of illegal immigrants, allowing criminals to further exploit loopholes where federal authorities are inundated with processing migrants.
Breitbart Texas has contacted Texas Military Department officials for more information on the M113s’ mission and whether the vehicles will be armed with external weapons. An immediate response was not available.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez told Fox News, “With Title 42 in place, it’s really the only policy we have to maintain the situation we’re seeing at the border, but for the moment it is hanging by a thread. ”
“We are going to have to deploy more state resources now to fill these gaps amid the influx of illegal immigrants that we expect,” Olivarez added. “Cartels and criminals now know that with Title 42 gone, it’s just more money in their pockets because they’re going to take full advantage of the situation, exploit it and take advantage of these illegal immigrants.”
Randy Clark of Breitbart Texas, a retired Border Patrol agent, reported exclusively that CBP officials said the Department of Homeland Security “is not engaged in any substantive planning to deal with the expected increase in migrants once Title 42 is lifted by court order.”
During the month of November, Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 206,000 migrants crossing the border between ports of entry, Breitbart Texas reported. This brings the total of arrests in the first two months of the fiscal year to nearly 410,000 migrants in these nine southwestern border sectors.
In addition to the apprehensions, Border Patrol reports reviewed by Breitbart Texas indicate that nearly 140,000 other migrants are classified as “leakers.” This means that more than half a million migrants crossed the southwestern border in the first two months of the year.
US District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, appointed in 1984 by then-President Ronald Reagan, ordered the Biden administration to stop using Title 42 to deport migrants. The judge granted a stay of his order until December 21.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) blamed the Biden administration and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for their failure to provide a blueprint for what should follow the end of Title 42.
“We haven’t heard any plans from the Biden administration on how they’re going to get the job done without this authority, because they’re simply refusing to use other authorities, like expedited removal, to discourage people from entering the country illegally,” Cornyn said in a written statement. “Once Title 42 is gone, everything will change and the consequences will be disastrous.”
The CBP source told Breitbart’s Randy Clark that Border Patrol officials are meeting with city and county leaders along the border. Eagle Pass officials responded that they did not have the capacity to properly absorb another wave of migrants.
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