In high-traffic areas along the U.S.-Mexico Border, the Texas National Guard has started installing layers of razor wire.
In a tweet on Monday (January 2), Texas Governor Greg Abbott shared an image of the National Guard installing the razor wire, captioning the image with a statement about the official’s “working around the clock… to secure the border in the federal government’s absence.”
In March, Texas boosted border security efforts under “Operation Lone Star” in an attempt to lessen a surge of illegal migrants crossing and an influx of illicit drugs.
The news of the razor installation comes as Abbott has heightened his attacks on the Biden administration for not addressing the border crisis.
In November, Abbott wrote a letter to the Texas Military and the Texas Department of Public Safety, stating that until the Biden administration intervenes, “Texas Guardsmen and Troopers must bear the burden of securing the border.”
The Texas Governor also ordered that both Departments “use all resources and tools available” to ward off immigrants from illegally crossing the border, arresting those who illegally cross and returning them to Mexico.
In a news release on Thursday (December 29), the state revealed that Operation Lone Star had prevented more than 336,000 migrants from crossing the border, carried out more than 23,000 criminal arrests, and 20,000 federal arrests.
The release also revealed that since the start of the operation, the Texas Department of Public Safety seized 354 million lethal doses of fentanyl.
The state has also bused roughly 16,000 Migrants to sanctuary states like Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia.