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Operation Lone Star

Migrant encounters at the border are higher today than they were before Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star began

The number of migrant encounters at the Texas-Mexico border has climbed from 109,456 in March 2021, the month the mission began, to 116,976 in August — a failure of Abbott’s office’s stated desire to “stop this revolving door and deter others considering entering illegally.”

Department of Public Safety agents oversee a group of three undocumented migrants as they continue the process of arresting them after they were caught in private property as part of Operation Lone Star in Kinney County near Brackettville, on Nov. 8, 2021.

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Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference discussing the state response to Title 42 being lifted in Weslaco on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

Holding the line

A group of Mexican undocumented migrants wait as they are being arrested by DPS as part of Operation Lone Star for trespassing private property in Kinney County, Texas on Nov. 9, 2021. 
Verónica G. Cárdenas for ProPublica/The Texas Tribune

Combatting a “crisis”

A U.S. Border Patrol airboat patrols the Rio Grande alongside shipping containers that form a makeshift border wall in Eagle Pass on Nov. 20, 2021.
Abel Garcia and K-9 Mojo inspect trucks as they pull into the Texas DPS Columbia Solidarity Permanent Border Safety Inspection Facility on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

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