The authorities of Texas confirmed Monday that they will deploy armored vehicles on the border with Mexicoin addition to increasing aircraft flights and increasing security, to control illegal immigration in that state.
The order, issued Thursday by the Texas Military Department, said the National Guard will soon deploy 10 armored personnel carriers. M113 on the border with Mexico, reported Texas Tribune.
According to the order, the armored vehicles will be located at various positions along the Texas-Mexico border and around 50 soldiers will be trained to operate them.
“The Texas National Guard is taking unprecedented steps to safeguard our border and to repel and turn back immigrants attempting to cross the border illegally,” the Texas Military Department said in a statement.
In addition to armored vehicles, authorities in Texas will increase “aircraft flights and security efforts” at the border.
“These actions are part of a broader strategy to use all available tools to fight the record level of illegal immigration.added the Texas Military Department.
The M113s are designed to transport infantry troops on the battlefield. These armored vehicles can be equipped with large tank-like guns or with machine guns, grenade launchers, and anti-tank missiles. State authorities have not determined whether the vehicles will come with heavy weapons.
The M113s are bulletproof and can withstand small explosions. In cities, sometimes this type of vehicle is equipped with lighter wheels to transport special police equipment, such as SWAT in the US.
Known as the battlefield taxis, the M113 are confused with tanks because they do not have wheels but caterpillar drivethese allow the vehicle to cross all kinds of roads.
The United States has sent some 200 of these military vehicles to Ukraine to help its forces fight the Russian invasion.
On November 15, Governor greg abbott invoked trespass clauses in the US and Texas constitutions to take “unprecedented steps to defend our state against an invasion” by immigrants.
These measures announced by the governor of Texas include the deployment of soldiers from the Texas National Guard, according to him, to “protect” the border, “repel and expel immigrants who try to cross the border illegally.”
Since March 2021, the Governor has mobilized tens of thousands of members of the Texas National Guard for Operation Lone Star to support immigration authorities on the Texas border with Mexico.
On November 17, Human Rights Watch asked the Government of President Joe Biden to immediately cease all operational and financial support for Abbott’s “militarization” of the border.
The organization recalled that the Republican governor’s office and many of the agencies, counties and sheriffs involved in that initiative regularly receive federal funding through a variety of programs, many of which predate Lone Star’s launch in 2021.
The Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported that in the entire fiscal period 2022 it made more than 2.7 million arrests of undocumented migrants throughout the country, of which about 1.4 million occurred in Texas.