Operation Lone Star Mission continues to secure border and braces for mass influx as Biden ends Title 42 deportations this month | Oficina del Gobernador de Texas

May 6, 2022 | Austin, TX | Press release

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 behavior between entry points.

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star (OLS), the efforts of multiple agencies have led to over 242,000 migrant arrests, as well as over 14,000 criminal arrests and over 12,000 felony charges. More than 4,700 weapons and more than $38 million in currency were seized. In the fight against fentanyl, the DPS has seized more than 344 million lethal doses statewide.

Operation Lone Star continues to fill dangerous voids left by the Biden administration’s refusal to secure the border. Every individual apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would otherwise have entered communities in Texas and across the country because of President Biden’s open border policies.

RECENT OPERATION LONE STAR HIGHLIGHTS:

WATCH: Governor Abbott talks about Texas’ decision to reach historic agreements with Mexican border governors on Newsmax

Governor Abbott joined The Chris Salcedo Show on Newsmax, where he discussed the state’s ongoing efforts to secure the border and provided an update on historic agreements with Mexico’s four border governors.


WATCH: Texas DPS Lt. Chris Olivarez tells Fox News smugglers target kids on social media

DPS Lt. Chris Olivarez joined Fox News Digital where he explained how smugglers target teenagers on social media platforms, like TikTok and Instagram, offering them money to pick up migrants from Mexico. The teenagers will then take the migrants to bigger cities like San Antonio, Austin or Houston.


VIDEO: DPS Trooper locates nearly half a million dollars in commercial vehicle safety inspections in Jim Wells County

During a commercial vehicle safety inspection in Jim Wells County, a DPS soldier found several boxes containing $496,472 in US currency concealed inside the cab of a tractor-trailer. The driver was arrested for money laundering.


Texas Army National Guard troops prepare for expected mass influx of migrants ahead of Title 42 deportation deadline

Texas Army National Guard troops rehearse mass migration response efforts May 2 at the Laredo Columbia International Solidarity Bridge. In the event of mass migrations occurring several miles from the bridge, troops are available to deploy quickly in response. Like many places nearby, the bridge is known to receive groups of over a hundred migrants attempting to illegally cross the border at once.


Texas Air National Guard, US Coast Guard, Border Patrol apprehend illegal immigrants and stop drug trafficking near Brownsville

Texas Air National Guardsmen worked with the United States Coast Guard and Border Patrol to apprehend illegal immigrants and seize contraband drugs April 29 near the Brownsville Ship Canal. Airmen tracked smugglers on the ground using thermal technology, while the Coast Guard tracked traffickers by boat. The joint effort led to the arrest of three illegal immigrants and 168.2 pounds of marijuana.

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