Texas National Guard Steps Up Border Security with Deployment in El Paso
On Monday, the Texas National Guard deployed a “contingency border force” of over 400 personnel to El Paso, TX, as the city continues to deal with a surge of asylum-seekers arriving at the border. The deployment is part of Governor Abbott’s “enhanced border security effort” and will include a Security Response Force comprised of “elements” from the 606th Military Police Battalion “trained in civil disturbance operations and mass migration response.”
The move came hours before Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary stay on an order that would end Title 42, a Trump-era health policy used over 2.4 million times to expel and prevent migrants trying to make their way into the United States.
The Security Response Force is used to “safeguard the border and repel and turn-back” some immigrants, the Texas Military Department (TMD) said, adding that a second one will be on standby and ready to deploy to El Paso, or other parts of the border. The deployment is also part of a statewide effort to stem the flow of immigrants attempting to come into the country.
The move has been met with both praise and criticism. Supporters of the Security Response Force say it is necessary to ensure the safety of both citizens and migrants, and to deter illegal crossings. Critics, however, argue that the deployment of the security force is unnecessary and is part of a larger effort to target the immigrant population in Texas.
The deployment of the force is also seen as a political move by Governor Abbott, who has been vocal in his opposition to the Biden administration’s immigration policies. The governor has repeatedly accused the Biden regime of not doing enough to address the border crisis and has been against Title 42 ending.
The governor has also called on the federal government to deploy more resources to the border and has threatened to take legal action if the White House doesn’t do anything. They really just don’t seem to care.