Governor Abbott says ‘Texas is protecting the border’
Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a video on Saturday of the Texas National Guard “gearing up” on the US southern border in response to a large migrant caravan.
“Texas National Guard is gearing up at the border for increased caravans trying to cross the border due to Biden’s open border policy,” Abbott tweeted. “They are working with the Texas Department of Public Security to seal the mounting locations on the border and arrest the trespassers.”
Abbott made a similar tweet on September 28, which read, “Texas National Guard surges tactical vehicles to the border. @TexasGuard at the Texas border to provide more support to address Biden’s ongoing crisis continues to increase equipment and personnel. Texas is securing the border.”
The abbot’s move comes as a large migrant caravan makes his way Towards the southern border of America. In October, the Texas National Guard is doubling the number at the border by deploying about 2,500 troops.
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Tracy Norris, assistant general of the Texas Military Department and commander of the Texas National Guard, said Local ABC outlet KVUE that Abbott intends to stop illegal drugs, illegal immigration and human trafficking.
“It will aid his position,” Norris said of the surge. “More resources to the limit, especially based on what’s happened in the last few weeks.”
Abbott also plans to put fencing along the border, which Norris said will “give you time to react as it is about it: it’s about figuring out where people are trying to get to.” . If you slow them down and you can detect them with technology, you have fewer people, but you can react much faster wherever you’re trying to reach.”
Norris also said that he had “never seen a border like this. … one of our soldiers described it as Six Flags that in some places they would line up to cross it.”