Governor Deploys Troops In Defiance Of Biden Administration’s Requests
(HorizonPost.com) – Days after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared an invasion over surging illegal immigration numbers; the Texas National Guard is deploying tank-like armored vehicles along the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to reports, the M113 armored personnel carrier vehicles will be deployed at ten positions along the border. The Texas National Guard will also increase “aircraft flights and security efforts.”
The Military Department said that these actions are part of a larger strategy to use every available tool to fight against the record-breaking level of illegal immigration. The Texas National Guard is taking unprecedented measures to safeguard our border and to repel and turn-back immigrants trying to cross the border illegally.
Armored personnel carriers like the M113 are designed to carry infantry troops across modern battlefields alongside tanks. They can be equipped with various weapons: heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, antitank missiles, or even large cannons similar to those mounted on tanks. It’s unclear what weapons will be on the Texas Guard’s M113s at the border.
Such vehicles are, by definition, bulletproof and can withstand small explosions. In the civilian world, lighter, wheeled armored personnel carriers are sometimes used to carry police SWAT teams.
In a letter sent to President Biden last week, Abbott said the federal government’s “inaction” at the border had forced his hand.
“Two years of inaction on your part now leave Texas with no choice but to escalate our efforts to secure our State,” reads the letter. “Your open-border policies, which have catalyzed an unprecedented crisis of illegal immigration, are the sole cause of Texas having to invoke our constitutional authority to defend ourselves.”
Abbott said Operation Lone Star has resulted in the following:
- 325,000 migrant apprehensions
- Over 21,900 criminal arrests
- The seizure of more than 352 million lethal doses of fentanyl.
The state has sent nearly 8,400 migrants to Washington, D.C., since April, more than 3,800 to New York City since early August, and over 1,200 to Chicago since late August.
“The busing mission is providing much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities,” the governor’s office said.
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