Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, announced this past week that he was set up a brand new position within his current administration in an effort to fight President Joe Biden’s continued illegal immigration crisis which is still raging across the U.S. southern border.
The announcement took place in the wake of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) being forced to deal with 251,487 total encounters with illegal aliens this past month, marking the highest level of such events ever seen in the entirety of U.S. history.
The numbers from this past month, when combined with the first two months of the fiscal year 2023 — October and November — put the U.S. on track to experience a stagging 2.87 million encounters with illegal aliens on the U.S. southern border this coming year.
The numbers from December mean that the Biden administration has now dealt with a string of ten consecutive months in which they have seen over 200,000+ encounters with various illegal immigrants per month all along the length of the southern border.
“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,” explained Governor Abbott. “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,” Governor Abbott went on. “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 Explained, “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.”
It was highlighted by the New York Post that at the time when Banks was asked just what his full role entailed, he answered, “For me, the #1 priority is to make the State of Texas the least desirable place for illegal immigration to cross.”