400 National Guard members deployed to southern border of Texas

December 21, 2022

A deployment of 400 National Guardsmen has been sent to El Paso by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

The new security is tasked with providing assistance as the border crisis escalates along the streets of the state's largest border city.

The announcement

"The Texas Military Department tweeted photos of two C-130J aircraft arriving in El Paso with approximately 400 National Guard soldiers. The stated mission for the deployment is to assist in 'deterring illegal migrants from Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, into the United States,'" Breitbart News reported.

"A statement from the Texas Military Department states the National Guard deployed the 606th Military Police Battalion to 'safeguard the border and repel and turn-back illegal immigrants.' The soldiers are being deployed under Governor Abbott’s Operation Lone Star border security mission," it added.

The crisis

"In December, El Paso has seen about 6,000 migrants enter the city weekly, overwhelming federal and local authorities and area nonprofits and shelters, Mayor Oscar Leeser said in the emergency declaration issued Saturday," Stripes reported.

"El Paso, which sits across the Rio Grande from Mexico on the western edge of Texas, has a population of about 678,000," it added.

“Texas National Guard is increasing its posture along the border in response to high levels of illegal border crossings over the past week and the pending expiration of Title 42," the Texas Military Department said in a statement before the stay was issued concerning the policy.

"The end of Title 42 is expected to lead to a massive influx of illegal immigrants, allowing criminals to further exploit gaps while federal authorities are inundated with migrant processing,” it added.

The assistance will help, but much more will be necessary to stop the border crisis in El Paso and other parts of the border.

The numbers are too high for the community or nation to handle, leaving no other option but military support for now to push back over the Biden administration's weak border policies.


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