Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border; stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas; and prevent, detect, and interdict transnational criminal behavior between ports of entry.
Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 401,900 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 32,400 criminal arrests, with more than 29,600 felony charges reported. In the fight against fentanyl, Texas law enforcement has seized over 422 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission.
Texas has also bused:
- Over 10,600 migrants to Washington, D.C. since April 2022
- Over 10,900 migrants to New York City since August 2022
- Over 4,600 migrants to Chicago since August 2022
- Over 2,100 migrants to Philadelphia since November 2022
- Over 440 migrants to Denver since May 18
- Over 240 migrants to Los Angeles since June 14
Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps created by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border. Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Joe Biden’s open border policies.
RECENT HIGHLIGHTS FROM OPERATION LONE STAR:
This week, Governor Abbott thanked Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt for deploying National Guard members from the Sooner State to the Texas-Mexico Border in support of Operation Lone Star’s mission to secure the border. In a tweet shared on Monday, Governor Abbott highlighted that President Biden’s border crisis has made every state a border state.
A teenage human smuggler led DPS troopers on a high-speed vehicle pursuit through the city of Penitas in Hidalgo County. After stopping, the driver and two passengers bailed out and ran toward the brush. After an extensive search, the 17-year-old driver from Mission was arrested and charged with evading arrest and smuggling of persons. Two illegal immigrants from Honduras were apprehended and referred to Border Patrol.
DPS Troopers Arrest Illegal Immigrant For Possession Of Child Pornography
The DPS Brush Team helped with the arrest of an illegal immigrant from Mexico after he smuggled and guided four illegal immigrants across the Rio Grande River. Further investigation revealed the smuggler possessed a phone with child pornography on it. The Texas Rangers took over the case, and he is now charged with possession or promotion of child pornography after finding a video involving child pornography.