Texas Governor Activates 'Tactical Border Force'

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    The Facts

    • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday the state will deploy a new "Texas Tactical Border Force"' ahead of the looming expiration of the Title 42 public health order in response to what he deemed Pres. Joe Biden’s “reckless border policies.”

    • The Texas Military Department said the additional 545 National Guardsmen "will bolster the thousands of Texas National Guard service members already assisting local and state law enforcement" to "stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas."

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    No active military members should ever be deployed to deal with immigration issues. The military is not supposed to fight on American soil, and under past administrations, including those of Trump and Obama, soldiers were left sitting around doing nothing when sent to the border. Abbott’s actions are illegal and unethical.

    Republican narrative

    Millions of illegal immigrants could begin spilling over the border as soon as Title 42 ends, and Abbott must use every tool at his disposal to deter them. If the Biden administration won’t do its job, then states need to step up and defend America's borders from this invasion.

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