Governor Abbott held press conference in Del Rio

Governor Abbott: Texas will continue surging state resources to secure the broder
Governor Abbott held press conference in Del Rio

Governor Abbott held press conference in Del Rio

AUSTIN, Texas – On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Governor Abbott held a press conference in Del Rio. During the conference, the Governor vowed to continue growing state resources to secure the border. He also promised to address the chaos in Del Rio.

During the Governor’s remarks, he thanked the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Military Department and local personnel for their quick response to the border crisis. The crisis includes the surge of over 16,000 migrants arriving at the Del Rio International Bridge over the past week. Governor Abbott also added that the State of Texas will continue to deploy resources to other areas along the border as part of the ongoing efforts of Operation Lone Star.

The Governor was joined at the press conference by the following:

  • Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw,
  • Texas Military Department Adjutant General Tracy Norris,
  • National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd,
  • Speaker Dade Phelan,
  • Representative James White, Jared Patterson, Tracy King, and JM Lozano,
  • Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano,
  • Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez, and
  • Val Verde County Judge Lewis Owens

During Governor Abbott’s speech, he also thanked members of the Texas Legislature for passing House Bill 9. HB9 provided an additional $2 billion in border security funding.

“The State of Texas is taking unprecedented steps to secure the border, and we will continue to respond in full force to keep Texans safe,” said Governor Abbott. “The Biden Administration’s failure to enforce immigration laws and halt illegal crossings on a federal dam poses life-threatening risks to Texans and the migrants themselves. Texans ― and all Americans ― demand and deserve a secure southern border and the protection of our nation’s sovereignty. I thank the brave men and women of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard for stepping up in the federal government’s absence to address this crisis.”

Operation Lone Star Grant Program

Yesterday, Governor Abbott announced the availability of $100 million in grant funding through the Operation Lone Star Grant Program. Interagency border security operations supporting OLS will be enhanced through these funds. On Monday, Sept. 20, the Governor sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting an emergency declaration for Texas. The request was in response to the escalating crisis at the border, specifically due to the progressive situation in Del Rio.

Governor Abbott also launched Operation Lone Star in early March to help secure the border. The operation also was used to combat the smuggling of people and drugs in Texas. Currently, there are thousands of state personnel, including DPS troopers, agents and rangers, and National Guard Soldiers who are committed to the mission and working with local law enforcement. The Governor expanded the mission shortly after its launch. It now includes anti-human trafficking efforts.

Governor Abbott’s plan to secure the border also includes the creation of a border wall. It also includes the use of strategic fencing and other barriers. On Sept. 16, a project manager for the initial stage of building the wall was announced.

You can read more news and updates from Governor Abbott here.