Operation Lone Star jail booking facility opens in Jim Hogg County

Governor Abbott releases a statement on the new facility

AUSTIN, Texas –  On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the State of Texas has launched a second Operation Lone Star jail booking facility. Officials will book individuals who are arrested for committing border-related crimes in the surrounding region at the facility. Those individuals will then go through magistrates before being transferred to the Briscoe or Segovia Unit. This new facility in Jim Hogg County is the second jail booking facility of its kind in Texas. The first one was launched in Val Verde County in July 2021.

“Securing the border includes arresting and prosecuting anyone committing border-related crimes in Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “The launch of our second Operation Lone Star jail booking facility builds upon the unprecedented actions taken by Texas to respond to the Biden Administration’s open border policies. The State of Texas’ work to secure the border is made stronger by our collaboration with local governments and law enforcement across the state, and I am grateful to our partners in Jim Hogg County for working with our state agencies to launch this new facility.”

House Bill 9 will fund this new facility by providing over $1.8 billion in state funding for border security over the next two years. This law includes funding for three Operation Lone Star jail booking facilities.

In June 2021, Abbott announced that Texas will arrest and jail individuals trespassing or committing other state crimes along the border. The Governor directed the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to work with border counties to create alternative detention facilities. These facilities will ensure enough jail capacity for individuals who are arrested for border-related criminal activities, such as trespassing. The state has released resources into border communities to deter, detect and interdict criminal behavior.

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
  • Building the border wall in Texas
  • Signing a law to make it easier to prosecute smugglers bringing people into Texas
  • Signing 9 laws cracking down on human trafficking in 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
  • Taking legal action to enforce the Remain in Mexico and Title 42 policies in Texas