Gov. Abbott Announces New Texas Military Base on Southern Border

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced this week that his administration is building a Forward Operating Base near the southern border to house Texas National Guard soldiers who have been deployed to help fight the illegal immigration crisis.

The governor’s office said that the Texas Military Department acquired 80 acres of land in Eagle Pass, Texas to build the base that will house up to 1,800 soldiers.

Soldiers will have their own rooms along with amenities that include a dining facility, a recreation center and laundry facilities.

“In the coming weeks, we will also be expanding operations north and south of Eagle Pass, putting up additional barriers to fortify our border,” said Adjutant General of Texas Major General Thomas Suelzer. “We are also adding three more fan boats and expanding our drone program radar truck capabilities.”

Abbott said that the base was “going to dramatically improve conditions for our soldiers” because they were currently “scattered across this entire region in cramped quarters, away from fellow soldiers, and sometimes traveling long distances to do their job.”

Texas has reported to have spent billions of dollars trying to secure its border with Mexico.

“The multi-agency effort has led to over 500,000 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 39,500 criminal arrests, with more than 35,600 felony charges,” the governor’s office said. “In the fight against the fentanyl crisis, Texas law enforcement has seized over 467 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission.”