New questions over Abbott border initiative, after troops found stationed at wealthy ranches far from Mexico

This week in Texas politics with the Texas Tribune.

By Alexandra Hart & Wells DunbarMarch 18, 2022 12:27 pm, , , ,

Fridays on Texas Standard always mean a recap of the week in Texas politics with Texas Tribune political reporter James Barragán.

One story from the week that has folks talking: more questions about Operation Lone Star, Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security initiative.

Touted as a Texas National Guard action to stem unauthorized immigration from Mexico into the U.S., Tribune reporting found guard troops stationed on wealthy ranches far from the border.

“Some of your listeners may know some of the names: the King Ranch, the Armstrong Ranch. These are massive ranches in South Texas that are wealthy, historical and politically connected,”  Barragán says. “And so the question that our story raised is … what exatly were they doing there? And what role were they supposed to be playing when they were so far away from the border, and not actually seeing that much action?”

Listen to the audio player above for more on this story and others from the past week, including state pressure on investment firms over fossil fuel divestment, and more on the investigation into a disgraced home for trafficked children.

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