Governor Abbott held roundtable on border security in Weslaco

The discussion was part of the one-year anniversary of Operation Lone Star

AUSTIN, Texas – On Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott held a roundtable on border security in Weslaco. The roundtable was part of the one-year anniversary of Operation Lone Star. Top officials from state agencies, law enforcement and military joined the Governor, as well as local stakeholders. They discussed was Texas continues to take action to secure the border and keep Texans safe.

You can read the Governor’s statement here.

During the roundtable, Governor Abbott and state leaders outlined the actions taken by the State of Texas to secure the border during the first year of Operation Lone Star. Local law enforcement and stakeholders also provided an update on their own efforts to keep their communities safe.

On March 4, 2022, Operation Lone Star marked its one-year anniversary. It is a multi-agency operation that led to over 211,800 migrant apprehensions. The operation also resulted in over 12,100 charges for criminal offenses, including more than 9,600 felony charges. DPS agents have arrested sex offenders, weapons traffickers, previously convicted and deported criminal immigrants, drug dealers and other wanted criminals. DPS has also seized over 288 million lethal doses of fentanyl throughout the state.

The following individuals attended the Governor’s roundtable:

  • Ken Paxton, Attorney General
  • Nim Kidd, TDEM Chief
  • Steve McCraw, DPS Director
  • Tracy Norris, Adjutant General of Texas
  • Monie Ulis, Deputy Adjutant General for Army
  • Dwight Mathis, DPS Deputy Director
  • Victor Escalon, DPS Regional Director – RGV
  • Susan Kibbe, South Texans’ Property Rights Association
  • Brandon Judd, National Border Patrol Council President
  • Paul Perez, National Border Patrol Council President – RGV
  • Raymundo Del Bosque, Zapata County Sheriff
  • Urbino Martinez, Brooks County Sheriff
  • Jose Salazar, Willacy County Sheriff

Governor Abbott’s actions to secure the border include:

  • Signing laws that provide $3 billion in funding for Texas’ border security efforts
  • Launching Operation Lone Star and deploying thousands of National Guard soldiers and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers
  • Arresting and jailing illegal migrants trespassing or committing other state crimes in Texas
  • Allocated resources that include recently acquired 1,700 steel panels to building the border wall in Texas
  • Signing a law to make it easier to prosecute smugglers bringing people into Texas
  • Signing a law enhancing penalties for the manufacturing and distribution of fentanyl
  • Issuing a disaster declaration for the border crisis
  • Issuing an executive order preventing non-governmental entities from transporting illegal immigrants
  • Signing 15 laws cracking down on human trafficking in Texas
  • Taking legal action to enforce the Remain in Mexico and Title 42 policies in Texas

You can read more on additional actions taken by the Governor to secure the border through Operation Lone Star here.