DHS and Texas Run Separate Immigration Operations

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(ConservativeHub.com) – President Joe Biden and Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) are each individually looking into how to help secure the southern border and handle the surge in migration. However, The Hill reports their efforts are not collaborative, with thousands of active National Guard troops on the ground working on different operations.

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said to The Hill that the biggest problem right now is that state leaders are taking actions but they are choosing to not coordinate those actions. He added that there is a question about whether or not this is “necessary.”

In recent weeks, the number of migrants entering the country has reportedly decreased, and Abbot’s “Operation Lone Star” has intensified. Abbott recently also received the support of five Republican governors. The governors sent National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border in order to assist the Texas governor following his request. In total, around 10 GOP leaders have sent personnel and support to the south.

Biden has also been taking action to help secure the border having sent 1,500 active-duty soldiers to the border. They are going to be joining the 2,500 National Guardsmen who were deployed at the border last year to help support and work with Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The troops sent to the border are not allowed to enforce United States immigration law as per the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.

The DHS official said that the federal government holds the authority when it comes to immigration, but that the states are interfering with that which is causing problems. One analyst told The Hill that there are times where the officials working on Operation Lone Star take actions without any consultation with Border Patrol, and this can lead to issues.

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