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Governor Abbott Announced Texas Border Czar to Help with the Migrant Crisis

2023-01-31

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On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott visited the border wall along the Texas-Mexican border. On his visit to San Benito which is south of San Antonio and north of Brownsville, the Governor announced the new czar for border security.

Abbott gave the role of Special Advisor on Border Matters to Mike Banks, a Border Patrol Agent. The move is likely to get more support as the governor has repeated asked for more from President Joe Biden on the migrant crisis.

Governor Abbott said:

"For nearly two years, the State of Texas has taken unprecedented, historic action under Operation Lone Star in response to the Biden Administration's refusal to secure the border."
"To continue doing what no other state in the history of our country has done to secure the border, I hired Mike Banks as the State of Texas' first-ever Border Czar. As an award-winning Border Patrol Agent, with decades of federal law enforcement and border security experience, Mike is the perfect choice to oversee Texas' fight against the surge of illegal immigration, lethal drugs, and deadly weapons flowing into our state and nation. I have no doubt that Mike's strong record of leadership and wealth of experience will provide Texans—and Americans—the level of border security expertise they deserve from a proper Border Czar."

Banks said:

"I am humbled to be selected by Governor Abbott for this opportunity. Protecting our nation’s border is something I have dedicated the last 23 years of my life to, and I am very passionate about it. I look forward to strengthening our relationships with law enforcement partners and the community, leveraging all that we can to further protect our great state of Texas and the United States."

Governor Abbott was also joined by Texas Department of Public Safety Steve McGraw and Major General Thomas Suelzer, the Adjutant General of the Texas Military Department.

General Suelzer said Texas has built 130 miles of the Texas wall consisting of razor wire and concertina wire.

You can see Governor Abbott when he made the announcement:

Do you think the Border Czar will help Texas secure the border?

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