Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced the deployment of a new National Guard unit, the Texas Tactical Border Force, to hotspots along the border to intercept, repel and turn back migrants trying to enter Texas illegally. The troops will be equipped with aircraft, boats, night vision goggles, and riot gear to prepare for anything they might encounter at the border.
Already, Texas has deployed around 10,000 National Guard members, along with 1,200 Texas Department of Public Safety troopers to the border, and these forces have turned back more than 37,000 people who were trying to enter the US, apprehended another 37,000 who crossed into the country illegally, and arrested about 27,000 dangerous criminals, including cartel gang members who were wanted for crimes such as murder.
However, an all-time record number of migrants is expected to overwhelm the US southern border after the Trump-era public health emergency order known as Title 42 is set to expire on May 11. The surge in arrivals has already hit two consecutive records in 2021 and 2022, exceeding 2.3 million people, and in fiscal year 2023, US authorities have encountered more than 1.2 million migrants.
The question remains whether the new National Guard unit and the existing forces can effectively manage the anticipated influx of migrants and ensure national security.
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