Governor Abbott orders Texas National Guard

To assist DPS in making arrests related to the border crisis
Governor Abbott orders Texas National Guard

Governor Abbott’s letter to the Texas National Guard

AUSTIN, Texas – On Tuesday, July 27, Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to Major General Tracy R. Norris, Adjutant General of the Texas National Guard. The letter ordered guardsmen to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) with arresting individuals for state charges related to the border crisis.

In mid-June, Governor Abbott announced at the Governor’s Border Security Summit in Del Rio that individuals who commit criminal trespass or other state offenses will be subject to arrest and confinement. Through this order, the Governor builds upon his disaster declaration, directing DPS to enforce all federal and state criminal laws. These include criminal trespassing, smuggling and human trafficking.

“To respond to this disaster and secure the rule of law at our Southern border, more manpower is needed—in addition to the troopers from DPS and soldiers from the Texas National Guard I have already deployed there—and DPS needs help in arresting those who are violating state law,” reads the letter. “By virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, I hereby order that the Texas National Guard assist DPS in enforcing Texas law by arresting lawbreakers at the border.”

You can read the Governor’s letter to General Norris by clicking here.