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Abbott: Biden "has left Texas no choice but to escalate our border security efforts"

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) restated his commitment to strengthening the state's border security efforts in a Nov. 18 tweet.

"Two years of inaction from Pres. Biden has left Texas no choice but to escalate our border security efforts," Abbott wrote. "#OperationLoneStar is the bulwark fighting Biden’s border crisis."

Abbott recently sent a letter to President Joe Biden regarding “record-breaking” illegal immigration at the southern border of the United States, something Abott attributes to Biden's failure to enforce national immigration laws, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

“Two years of inaction on your part now leave Texas with no choice but to escalate our efforts to secure our state," Abbott wrote, according to the release. "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."

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, over 325,000 migrants have been apprehended, over 21,900 people have been arrested, and over 19,400 felony charges have been filed, the release stated.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has also seized approximately 352 million fatal doses of fentanyl and Texas has shuttled approximately 8,400 migrants to Washington, D.C., since April, over 3,800 migrants to New York City since Aug. 5, and over 1,200 migrants to Chicago since Aug. 31, according to the release.

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