Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's (R) state border enforcement effort has been in the news lately mostly for the busses he has chartered, at a cost to taxpayers of $14 million and counting, to send migrants to a handful of Democratic-run cities.
But that's just a small part of Abbott's $4 billion Operation Lone Star initiative.
Abbott says Operation Lone Star, a deployment of thousands of National Guard troops and state police to south Texas to arrest migrants on state charges, is necessary to augment insufficient federal border enforcement. Critics call it a cynical and wasteful election-year political stunt. Just about everybody agrees the operation has been plagued with problems.