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Texas Democrats Vote Against Funding Border Security

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, sponsored a House resolution to block President Trump's emergency declaration to build a border wall.Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Greg Casar (TX-35) proposed and voted in favor of an amendment to the Homeland Security Funding Bill which would prohibit further federal funding for Operation Lone Star in FY 2024. One of the House Democrats that voted in favor of this amendment, was Texas Rep. Collin Allred who is planning to run for the US Senate against current Texas Senator, Ted Cruz. 

According to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission:

“Governor Abbott launched Operation Lone Star in March 2021 to respond to a rise in illegal immigration. In May, Governor Abbott issued a disaster declaration that now covers 48 counties, mostly counties along or near the border. The declaration directed the Department of Public Safety to “use available resources to enforce all applicable federal and state laws to prevent the criminal activity along the border, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking, and to assist Texas counties in their efforts to address those criminal activities.” The following month, the Governor opened Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) facilities for detaining arrested persons under Operation Lone Star.”

Operation Lone Star was enacted shortly after President Biden took office in January of 2021, due to the sudden uptick in illegal crossings across the southern border. According to the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, he has received support from several other Republican Governors in an effort to combat the border crisis:

“These Governors here with me today are deploying military and law enforcement officers to help Texas secure the border," said Governor Abbott. “We, as states, share an obligation and that's to step up and address this unparalleled catastrophe caused by President Biden.”

When the Operation Lone Star program was first introduce in March of 2021, Greg Abbott made claims about how the program would be necessary to fill absence left by the Biden Administration:

“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans. We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis.”


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