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Migrants advised they won’t face consequences for violence against Texas troops, memo claims

Last week, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas was present at a gathering in New York, where he seized the opportunity to underscore the critical situation regarding migration that Texas is dealing with. In his well-known rhetoric, Abbott repeated that the state will continue to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities “until we get a new president” who focuses on securing the border. Since the initiation of Operation Lone Star, Texas has transported over 105,000 immigrants to sanctuary cities.

Incidents at the border

Two recent incidents at the border, one in Texas and another in California, serve as a reminder how serious the illegal immigration has become in recent years. The incident at the Texas border involved over 100 migrants overpowering Texas troops by charging at a border barrier, breaching the razor wire, and some of them bypassing guards. Footage released by the New York Post clearly shows migrant determination to enter the U.S., despite the risks of arrest and potential imprisonment.

Migrants becoming increasingly aggressive

Border Patrol agents stationed along the Texas-Mexico border have received alerts about migrants becoming “more aggressive towards law enforcement,” based on a memo from the Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) acquired by NewsNation. This information was made public shortly after confrontations in El Paso, involving Texas forces and aggressive migrants, which led to numerous arrests and tens of aggressive migrants pushed back to Mexico.

Illegal migration remains the focus point of the presidential campaigns

Illegal migration across the southern border has emerged as a significant political concern, with Donald Trump, the likely Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential race, placing it at the forefront of his campaign as he seeks another term in the White House. Data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection reveal that law enforcement encountered 68,260 illegal migrants along the Texas-Mexico border in January, following 149,806 encounters in December.

Border Patrol agents along the Texas-Mexico border have received alerts about migrants becoming "more aggressive towards law enforcement"
US Border Patrol agents arrest illegal immigrants, credit: US Border Patrol Big Bend Sector Facebook

About the memo

Late last month, NewsNation southwest correspondent Ali Bradley read out what she said was a memo from the TDPS to border control agents concerning officer safety. It said:

“This situation now carries officer safety concerns, as migrants have become more aggressive towards law enforcement as they attempt to circumvent the border barriers and enter the U.S., according to law enforcement officers at the scene.”

Bradley also said the TDPS memo warned that some migrants had been advised they “will face no consequences for escalating their violent tactics and trying to breach those barriers” and that this was contributing to the unrest.

Border Patrol agents along the Texas-Mexico border have received alerts about migrants becoming "more aggressive towards law enforcement"
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Credit: Abbott, X official

The migrant crisis shifts from Texas to California and Arizona

Data from the first five months of the 2024 fiscal year, spanning October 2023 to February 2024, indicates a 28 percent decrease in encounters with suspected illegal migrants in Texas. During this same timeframe, encounters rose by 35 percent in California and 52 percent in Arizona. This escalation in migration has intensified conflicts between Texas and federal authorities.

Border Patrol agents along the Texas-Mexico border have received alerts about migrants becoming "more aggressive towards law enforcement"
Texas troops at the border, Credit: Abbott, X official

A Supreme Court decision in January affirmed that federal agents have the authority to remove razor wire installed along the Mexican border by Texas National Guard units under Governor Abbott’s direction. In retaliation, Abbott claimed Texas was experiencing an “invasion” and maintained the state’s “constitutional right to defend and protect itself.”

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