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Pics/Vid: Texas National Guard deploys to US-Mexico border

A soldier from the Texas National Guard scans the shores of the Rio Grande River in Starr County, Texas. (Texas Military Department/Released)
December 20, 2022

Over 400 Texas National Guard troops were deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday in anticipation of an illegal immigrant surge triggered by the expected end of Title 42. After the troops were deployed, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts placed a temporary hold on the Trump-era immigration policy’s termination.

“Texas National Guard is increasing its posture along the border in response to high levels of illegal border crossings over the past week and the pending expiration of Title 42,” the Texas Military Department wrote in a press release. “The end of Title 42 is expected to lead to a massive influx of illegal immigrants allowing criminals to further exploit gaps while federal authorities are inundated with migrant processing.”

The Texas National Guard deployment includes a Security Response Force “trained in Civil Disturbance Operations and Mass Migration Response, used to safeguard the border and repel and turn-back illegal immigrants.”

“A second Security Response Force from the 236th MP Company remains on high alert, prepared to deploy if needed, to other areas of the border,” the Texas Military Department added. “These actions are part of a larger strategy to use every available tool to fight back against the record-breaking level of illegal immigration and transnational criminal activity.”

Last week, Fox News reported that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has recorded more than half a million migrant encounters along the southern border in the first 74 days of the 2023 fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich warned on Monday that ending Title 42 would “recklessly and needlessly endanger more Americans and migrants by exacerbating the catastrophe that is occurring at our southern border.”

“Unlawful crossings are estimated to surge from 7,000 per day to as many as 18,000,” he added.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.