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April 13, 2023
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced there has been an 800 percent increase of fentanyl seized at the state’s southern border when comparing April 2021 to April 2020.
According to data from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the amount of fentanyl confiscated during the month of April “was enough fentanyl … to kill every single person in the state of New York,” Abbott said. The efforts to catch criminal activity at the border are part of the state’s Operation Lone Star, which was launched in March. Along with border patrol agencies, the Texas DPS is working to secure the border and stop criminals from entering the country. Texas organized the operation after the Biden administration repealed numerous Trump-era immigration and border policies.
For instance, the removal of the Title 42 Travel Ban, which prohibits border patrol agents from turning away migrant children. Texas and Louisiana both filed lawsuits against the Biden administration for its reduction of ICE detainers. As of last month, border patrol agents have arrested over 4,500 criminal aliens at the southern border this fiscal year. At the end of March, nearly 1,000 of those criminals were caught at the Texas border.
The Biden administration continues to face scrutiny for its lack of attention to the border crisis. Vice President Kamala Harris is allegedly in charge of the border, however, she has yet to visit migrant sites or address the issue of overcrowding and criminal activity. Governor Abbott told Fox News, “I don’t know if Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas and the Biden administration either don’t have a clue what’s going on or they are purposefully misleading their fellow Americans.”
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