Over 39,000 Criminal Arrests: Operation Lone Star Marks 1 Year of Texas Border Czar’s Leadership

"We saw a staggering numbers this January. Since we closed down this area right there, we saw a dramatic decrease of migrants.”

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Operation Lone Star is continuing to fill the dangerous gaps created by the Biden White House’s refusal to secure the border, as Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard continue their work to:
  • Secure the Border
  • Stop the Smuggling of Drugs, Weapons & People into Texas; and
  • Prevent, Detect & Interdict Transnational Criminal Activity between the government's Official Ports of Entry

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 497,600 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 39,000 criminal arrests, with more than 35,200 felony charges.

Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Joe Biden’s open border policies.
  • In the fight against the Fentanyl Crisis, Texas law enforcement has seized over 458 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission.

Texas has also transported:
  • Over 12,500 migrants to Washington, D.C. since April 2022
  • Over 37,600 migrants to New York City since August 2022
  • Over 31,300 migrants to Chicago since August 2022
  • Over 3,400 migrants to Philadelphia since November 2022
  • Over 16,100 migrants to Denver since May 18
  • Over 1,500 migrants to Los Angeles since June 14 

  Texas National Guard Boat Teams remain a vital asset to Operation Lone Star since the mission’s launch in 2021. Boat Teams act as highly mobile patrolling forces to deter and repel dangerous illegal crossings between ports of entry across the Rio Grande River.

Task Force Eagle Boat Operator Specialist Marcus Fink provided insight to the importance of boats patrolling the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass.
“Recently, it’s actually gotten a lot worse,” said Spc. Fink, Task Force Eagle Boat Operator.

“I’d say like last fall is when it started peaking up. We saw a staggering amount of numbers come this January. Since we closed down this area right there, we saw a dramatic decrease of migrants.”