According to Texas authorities, a member of the Texas National Guard involved in Texas’ Operation Lone Star border defense program was attacked by two Venezuelan migrants, which led to him falling into and being injured by razor wire set up to defend the state against migrant crossings.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the incident took place on the morning of Wednesday, October 11. The soldier was standing near the razor wire and was suddenly attacked by the two migrants, one of whom grabbed him by the neck while another grabbed his leg.
The National Guard member was then assisted by other troopers, who came to his aid. Though both of the attackers were identified, one a 38-year-old Venezuelan woman and the other a 33-year-old Venezuelan man, both are not in custody. The woman was, as Fox News Digital reports, “charged at large — meaning she was freed — because she was traveling with children.” The man only had to pay a $3,500 bond.
Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field officer director John Fabbricatore expressed his astonishment at the decision to free the migrant on X (formerly Twitter), saying, “She assaulted a soldier. If a citizen had done that the children would have been put in state custody and she would be in jail! This is a two-tiered justice system in which illegal aliens are benefiting.”
Despite hostility from the Biden Administration, Texas has continued with Operation Lone Star. Gov. Abbott’s office recently announced, “Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 476,200 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 35,100 criminal arrests, with more than 32,000 felony charges reported. In the fight against the fentanyl crisis, Texas law enforcement has seized over 432 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission.”
Further, Gov. Abbott announced on X that Texas is continuing with its border barrier construction program, saying, “Webb County border wall construction is ongoing. We’re the first and only state to build our own border wall.”
Webb County border wall construction is ongoing.
We’re the first and only state to build our own border wall. pic.twitter.com/QnnIEY15BV
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 8, 2023
Texas is the first – and ONLY – state in U.S. history to build our own border wall. pic.twitter.com/5O4PWBw2JB
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 18, 2023
And, in an announcement on what Texas is doing to fight the fentanyl crisis, Gov. Abbott’s office said, “President Biden’s border crisis continues to allow deadly fentanyl to flood into communities across the nation, but Texas is raising awareness of the devastating crisis to save more innocent lives. This inaugural Fentanyl Poisoning Awareness Month in Texas, the Governor urges all Texans to learn the signs of fentanyl poisonings and how to help prevent more deaths. Governor Abbott signed a law earlier this year designating October as Fentanyl Poisoning Awareness Month in Texas.”
Further, Texan boats are now interdicting illegal immigrants and drugs along the Rio Grande, as Abbott’s office announced, saying, “Texas National Guard’s Swift Response Team patrol the Rio Grande River to detect and deter the illegal smuggling of narcotics, weapons, and migrants near Brownsville. Working with state and local law enforcement, the boat teams have extended capabilities within their respective zones to respond to transnational criminal activity.”
Texas National Guard soldiers in El Paso blocked a group of illegal immigrants attempting to enter Texas.
They are stationed along the border 24/7 to deter illegal entry. pic.twitter.com/94A8YLb1D9
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 7, 2023
Featured image credit: Gov. Abbott Twitter
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