Texas deploys special border force to drive back expected migrant surge

What’s concerning is, if all things being equal, and the money was available, does that fix a national problem? IMHO, absolutely NOT!

In addition, what I’m hearing is, if we had the funds, it would be paid. Sets a darn bad precedent!

We’re going down every slippery slope we could have imagined, at the same time creating new ones. There will be unintended consequences that are going to affect the next couple of generations!

In a way I’m relieved all my elders are deceased, some who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and all that came after. They don’t have to suffer the degradation of the nation they spilled blood for!

As of tomorrow, it was all for nothing!
May God bless the America we once knew!

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Thomas Sowell has many vids on slavery, one of my favorite people. :thinking:

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Happy Birthday BRUCE26, make sure you get ice-cream with your cake! :yum: :wink:

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Brings back memories of some history courses, maybe this generation should take a course! Instead of tearing down statues and burning down cities.

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Ice cream, cake and Steak on the grill. :grin: And thank you.

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Sounds like a nice birthday to me. Enjoy warrior brother.

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The last paragraph is telling. Worried more about illegals then American citizens. :thinking:

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Texas Civilians Joining Border Protection Unit Sparks Fears of ‘Vigilantes’

Story by Nick Mordowanec • 8h ago

New Republican legislation in the Texas House includes the option for average citizens to take action as part of a border policing unit aimed at countering illegal immigration.

House Bill 20, authored by Republican Matt Schaefer, creates a Border Protection Unit in which commissioned officers and nonmembers of law enforcement can “arrest, apprehend or detain persons crossing the Texas-Mexico border unlawfully” in border-region counties.

Texas has been at the forefront of the immigration debate and took matters into its own hands early Wednesday morning, one day before the Trump-era Title 42 policy is set to expire. It was enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, sending migrants back to their home countries without a formal asylum process.

“The security of Texans and the sovereignty of this state have been threatened by the deadly activities of transnational cartels operating throughout this state and the United States,” the bill reads.

The bill also warns of the “lethal” quantities of opioids and fentanyl infiltrating the U.S. in addition to human trafficking operations harming women and children.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has argued that lifting the policy will not lead to migrant surges, instead warning Mexican citizens that smugglers are encouraging illegal entry for their own financial benefit.

The bill was initially struck down by House Democrats before being attached as an amendment to separate immigration-related legislation, House Bill 7, according to the Texas Tribune. The amendment was adopted after midnight, 90-51.

KERA reported that after being repeatedly asked during floor debate about the details related to the kind of force border unit members would be authorized to use and when, Schaefer did not offer specifics but said they would be based on regulations imposed by the Public Safety Commission.

“We are going to make sure that Texans are protected,” Schaefer said. “We are legislators, we are not executives.”

Newsweek reached out to Schaefer via email for comment.

Texas House Democrats argue that this legislation will lead to more “vigilantes” that could inspire additional racial profiling.

“What is to prohibit or stop a Border Protection Unit from setting up their post in Hispanic neighborhoods?” Texas Representative Erin Gámez said.

Priscilla Lugo, the justice advocate coordinator at Latino Justice, told KEYE that “all the hateful rhetoric that is being used to push these bills is being co-opted by people who are committing acts of violence against migrants.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who last week said that crimes resulting from illegal immigration are part of President Joe Biden’s “plan,” issued a statement Wednesday reiterating the Biden administration’s negative impact on cost and crime across Texas and the entire U.S.

“The brutal reality of Biden’s immigration agenda should shock the conscience of every American,” Paxton said in part. “His policies allow monstrous gang members, terrorists, human traffickers, drug dealers and violent criminals into our country and demonstrate that the president is willing to sacrifice American lives for his open-borders agenda.”

‘Unintended consequences’

Elissa Steglich, clinical professor at the University of Texas School of Law, told Newsweek that the timing of the Texas Republicans’ border legislation with Title 42 set to expire is “purely coincidental” and is based on the legislative session ending.

The state is taking advantage of the opportunity for “political grandstanding,” she said. “Certainly, the state of Texas [and] this administration has been consistent in articulating its concern for its dissatisfaction with the Biden administration’s immigration policy; its articulated concern for the cost to Texas; and its insistence that it can and should kind of engage in its own border policy and strategy.”

Governor Greg Abbott launched “Operation Lone Star” in March 2021 because of increased levels of illegal immigration. It directed the Texas 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.”

Operation Lone Star, which covers 48 counties mostly along or near the border, has caused “enormous” expenses, Steglich noted, including a recent authorization of another $4.6 billion.

“I don’t necessarily see that as we draw closer to the lifting of Title 42 that positions have changed at all,” she said. “I think it’s just as we come closer to a significant shift in in border policy on the federal level, the state of Texas is taking advantage of the opportunity to reassert its positions and concerns.”

Matthew Wilson, assistant political science professor at Southern Methodist University, told Newsweek that House Bill 20 could lead to “unintended consequences.”

He said that because long stretches of the Texas border are in rural communities that often lack the presence of law enforcement, individuals who own farms and ranches in such regions might have contributed to the new policy as a way to protect themselves and their properties.

“Many of the people who will be looking to do these apprehensions or to be citizen enforcers of immigration policy are likely to be armed,” Wilson said. "Even if they’re not going out intending to use lethal force, they’re likely to bring guns with them simply for self-protection in case things get out of control.

“And the recipes are there for misunderstandings, spur-of-the-moment decisions that could result in some tragic situations. I think that’s really the concern when citizens who are not trained law enforcement officials are seen as the enforcers of immigration policy.”

Monika Y. Langarica, staff attorney at the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law, told Newsweek that Texas circumventing federal standards has led to policies “promoting violence and racial profiling” and put power in the hands of state officials, vigilante groups and individuals who can endanger lives.

“They also have the potential to induce deadly acts of hate,” she said. “This is yet another example of Republican-led states’ attempts to impose their anti-immigrant agenda on the nation. It is reckless, has gone too far, and must be stopped.”

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About time, too bad AZ won’t do the same.

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and according to @BRUCE26, something that might taste like chicken or so I am told. By the birthday guy.
79gu8v

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Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight ! and this idiot is not concerned with the INVASION of military age males w/ backpacks full of weapons/drugs that are ILLEGALLY entering OUR country, overwhelming OUR resources, killing OUR farmers cattle, Trespassing, raiding OUR crops like locusts and GOD knows what the plan is once we settle them all in tax payer funded hotels while OUR Veterans are homeless, hungry and dying on OUR streets ! She and people who see only their side of the equation is what is destroying OUR Country! Hey here’s a final 'Nail in the USA’s Coffin" thought : Why don’t we give all these fine folks that ILLEGALLY try to enter OUR country REPERATIONS too! We could give them all the BUD LIGHT nobody’s drinking anymore or all the McHuman Big mac’s they want !

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My fear is that this “logical thinking” does not spread to the other 49 states. I’ve been considering Wyoming for the past few years. But with Biden at the helm for another 4 years I’m not sure it would help.

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I wish you luck Brother. :crossed_fingers:

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Yeah, I do hate my country being invaded by millions of people while our government, sworn to protect and defend, allows that to happen.

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Ab-so-friggin’-lootley Dave17 Absolutely!

How is it WE Gunner’s are the only recognized haters in a world full of Hater’s ?
(2) White guy’s shot in the back of the head only ‘cause they were white?
Many white people TERRORIZED by the Batf in Waco because the gubment, said they were “a Cult”? children murdered! SO WHAT the BLM is a peace-nik organization? Randy Weaver’s family EXECUTED because he may have had an illegal weapon (sawed-off shotgun was it?) His Wife/infant child
ASSASINATED No HATE comin’ out of little David Hogg-boy right? Now Toxic-Tranny’s trying to take over everything? their numbers are few but their G-strings are full! A powerful lobby there folks!

No Hate here folks move along now, nothing to see here. MSM say’s so…

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The simple answer is to “import” a bunch of alligators from Florida (we have plenty to spare) and release them into the Rio Grande. The alligators can then do the “Natural Selection” and leave humans out of the equation. It’s a win-win really. Everyone is all for Nature and such; let’s let Mother Nature’s creatures do the work for once.

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We have to keep sending them to the most populated leftist cities until Americans are completely against the Leftist loons in power. There is a fine balance though because Biden wants to turn these people into citizens aka “Democrat” voters:

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There’s already gators in the Rio Grande. Maybe more would help the strengthen the border naturally and the economy in Texas. People could hunt gators and hogs.

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Did not know that. But more gators are better.

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Maybe gators aren’t enough?
OIP (2)

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Unfortunately our President is to worried about gaining the illegal votes of the illegals to do his job and uphold his oath which requires him to defend the Constitution and Defend America from all enemies, he certainly is failing this by allowing the border to be overrun by illegals many of who are violent criminals, gang members, terrorists, and unfortunately drug runners for cartels. The illegal situation is bad enough in my area, I cannot imagine living along the border and watching up close the criminal element taking over, or just the stress that the crushing mass of illegals is putting on the infrastructure.

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