300 Texas National Guard Troops Settle Into New Base Camp In Eagle Pass

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) welcomed 300 Texas National Guard troops to a new base camp in Eagle Pass on Friday. The 80-acre complex, which is part of phase one of the project, will eventually house up to 1,700 soldiers by November.

Abbott emphasized the necessity of this unprecedented effort, stating, “Remember this, this unprecedented effort is only needed because of President Biden’s unprecedented open border policies.” He added that the new base will not only allow Texas to have their troops right along the border but also provide housing and other standards “that improve the quality of life” for service members.

According to the governor, Texas won’t stop until it gains full operational control of its border. “There’s been an all-time record set for the number of people crossing the border illegally. More than 10 million people have been apprehended crossing the border illegally in just the three-and-a-half years of Joe Biden’s presidency,” Abbott said.

Officials say having a base right along the border will be more operationally efficient and effective. The project is part of Abbott’s border security initiative, Operation Lone Star, and the joint task force will now be moved to the command base.

Once the project is complete, three other base camps will be shut down, and soldiers stationed in hotels around regional areas will be moved in, saving time and money for troops who currently have to travel 30 minutes to an hour to get to the border. In total, the project is estimated to save over $11 million a month.