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Gov. Abbott holds border security briefing in Weslaco

3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, January 27 2022 Jan 27, 2022 January 27, 2022 11:39 AM January 27, 2022 in News - Immigration / Borderwall

Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republican leaders visited Weslaco on Thursday to continue calling on The White House to do more to get a handle on illegal immigration.

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Abbott and Texas attorney General Ken Paxton said the state is stepping in to do the federal government's job.

They were joined by 10 other attorneys general from across the country. 

The group discussed Operation Lone Star, where $3 billion where allocated by the Texas Legislature for boots on the ground, more border walls, staging at private ranches and enforcing Texas no trespassing laws on behalf of landowners.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the operation resulted in 10,000 arrests, and 200,000 referrals to border patrol.

Abbott said President Biden is ignoring the border.

“One lawbreaker that we're having to wage legal action against is the President of the United States,” Abbott said. “There are laws passed by the United States Congress that the president is not enforcing."

Texas Democrats say Republicans are creating a press event. 

“Everything he does, at every stage in the game, is purely about politics - not about really trying to make a substantive real change in the lives of people, “Texas Democratic party Chair Gilbert Hinojosa said. 

Abbott and Paxton also announced they will release details on a new lawsuit against the federal government at a press conference in Edinburg set for Friday, Jan. 28.

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