Texas deploys special border police to stop predicted migrant influx

Texas deploys special border police to stop predicted migrant influx
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Following the lifting of sweeping COVID-19 restrictions at the Mexican border this week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the deployment of a special border force to target “hot spots” where migrants try to enter the United States illegally.

Members of the Texas Tactical Border Force, a newly formed National Guard unit with specialized training, are now being loaded aboard Black Hawk helicopters for deployment, according to the Republican governor, who has been harshly critical of the Democratic president’s decision to end the Title 42 policy on Thursday.

“They will be deployed to hot spots along the border to intercept, repel, and turn back migrants who are trying to enter Texas illegally,” Abbott stated at a news conference.

He said that a similar tactic succeeded in El Paso in December of last year. On Sunday, a car struck a group of migrants in Brownsville, claiming that the National Guard had spotted and suppressed a spike of crossings in the preceding several days.

If such a surge occurred, the special National Guard force would focus on locating and closing the access and departure points. He told them that aircraft, boats, night vision equipment, and riot gear would be given.

1500 more troops to be sent to guard border

Title 42 allows border patrol to quickly return migrants to Mexico. It was first used in March 2020 to limit the spread of the coronavirus in overcrowded jails.

Pent-up demand and the idea among migrants (many of whom have traveled thousands of miles from places such as Mexico, Central America, and Venezuela) that they would be let in are expected to boost border arrivals as a result of the repeal.

The Biden administration is sending 1,500 more troops to help guard the border between the United States and Mexico this week.

By Thursday, the administration will have completed a new policy that will deny asylum to many migrants captured while trying to illegally cross the border between the United States and Mexico.

Abbott has said that he would continue to shuttle migrants from isolated border settlements in Texas to large metropolitan hubs such as Chicago and New York City.

Illegal entrance into Texas from Mexico, as well as participation in “stash houses” for migrants who have crossed the border illegally, would become crimes, he said, and he was working with state lawmakers to make that happen. Another measure demands a ten-year minimum jail sentence for people traffickers in Texas.

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