In the face of the Biden administration’s struggles to maintain a safe and secure southern border, individual states must step up and take action. One state, in particular, has emerged as a resolute guardian of the nation’s borders – Texas.
Different ‘Mexican’ Border
While the Texas National Guard has been instrumental in reinforcing the southern border with Mexico, recent developments reveal that they also diligently protect a different “Mexican” border, addressing the relentless flow of migrants crossing into the United States.
Texas National Guard’s Expanded Role
Members of the Texas National Guard have been on the front lines, reinforcing border security along the southern border with Mexico.
In a notable shift, they also address vulnerabilities near the New Mexico border, revealing the extent of their commitment.
Razor-Wire Barriers in West Texas
KFOX-TV recently published striking photos showing National Guard soldiers erecting razor-wire barriers in West Texas, near the state’s border with New Mexico.
These new barriers are strategically placed close to Sunland Park, New Mexico.
Governor’s Post on X
Governor Greg Abbott said in a post on X, “Migrants are entering New Mexico illegally then crossing into Texas. We are stopping it.”
Addressing Gateway Towns
Sunland Park, New Mexico, has recently gained notoriety as a “gateway” for illegal immigrants. As Texas intensifies its border fortifications, it’s no surprise that those attempting to cross into the country seek alternative routes.
Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea explains the town’s appeal for illegal immigration. Its close proximity to El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico, makes it a desirable location for immigrants seeking entry into the United States.
Gaps in the Steel Fence
Sunland Park is particularly vulnerable due to a wide gap in the steel fence that separates the U.S. from Mexico. This gap provides easy access for those attempting illegal entry.
The lax border situation has had dire consequences, with numerous individuals losing their lives in the unforgiving desert terrain.
Mayor Perea highlights the tragic discovery of over 25 bodies within municipal limits and around 80 outside city limits this year alone.
Escalating Illegal Crossings
The El Paso border sector, which encompasses New Mexico, has witnessed a significant surge in illegal border crossings this year.
Customs and Border Protection reported a 59% increase in migrant encounters compared to the previous fiscal year.
The Busiest Sector
Fidel Baca, a Border Patrol agent and spokesman, confirms that the El Paso sector is currently the busiest in the nation, with over 900 people apprehended daily.
Lack of Federal Support
The New Mexican contacted Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who stated that border security is not her state’s responsibility.
They only assist the federal government with their needs and await Congressional action on comprehensive immigration reform.
Abbott’s Unyielding Resolve
Texas Governor Greg Abbott refuses to wait for federal action and is taking matters into his own hands. He recognizes that the federal government’s inability to secure the border necessitates state-level intervention.
As the federal government struggles with securing the southern border and addressing the issue of illegal immigration, Texas stands as a steadfast sentinel at the forefront.
From reinforcing the southern border with Mexico to addressing vulnerabilities in West Texas and New Mexico, Texas and its National Guard exemplify dedication to safeguarding the nation’s borders in the face of ongoing challenges.
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