Texas Continues Border Wall Construction Amid Ongoing Immigration Challenges

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot (R) has been relentless in his efforts to secure the state’s border with Mexico despite the challenges posed by the Biden administration’s policies. The Texas National Guard is currently building a border wall in Zapata County as part of Operation Lone Star (OLS) a program to which the Texas legislature has allocated more than $11.6 billion over a four-year period.

The increased presence of National Guard troops and Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers placing razor wire and other barricades has had a significant impact on reducing illegal crossings into Texas.

According to Border Czar Mike Banks, Texas has been so successful at blocking illegal entry that cartel activity has been pushed to Democratic-led states with Texas now accounting for only 30% of illegal border crossings.

Since the launch of OLS in 2021, Texas law enforcement has apprehended nearly 500,000 illegal migrants, made more than 39,000 criminal arrests and seized over 458 million lethal doses of fentanyl.

Despite these successes, illegal migrants have not stopped trying to enter the US and have shifted their focus to other states such as California where the San Diego sector has seen a significant increase in apprehensions.

While Texas’ efforts have shown that border walls and barriers can be effective deterrents other states and the federal government may need to consider implementing stricter immigration policies to address the ongoing challenges at the southern border.