Gov. Abbott to deploy more Texas National Guard troops to border

Gov. Abbott to deploy more Texas National Guard troops to border

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On Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to assist the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol with border security efforts.

In the past three weeks, more than 45,000 individuals from 52 different countries have been apprehended illegally crossing the border into Texas.

"The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we’ve witnessed before and has put an enormous strain on the existing resources we have in place," Abbott said. "With the deployment of these troops, we are taking action to confront the crisis at the border and keep potentially dangerous criminals and illegal activity out of our communities."

In the coming weeks, DHS will establish holding facilities in the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso for single adults entering the country illegally. The Texas National Guard troops will provide supplemental staffing support at the temporary holding facilities as well as supplemental enforcement support at ports of entry.

"The massive increase in illegal immigration — on pace to exceed a million people this year— has been an emergency for months and Texas must continue to do everything we can to help secure our border, including deploying these additional troops," Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick said. "Texas communities along the border and throughout the state are struggling to deal with this huge increase."

The federal government will pay for 100 percent of the costs associated with this short-term mission.

The state has also added 500 permanent Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers to the border region.

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