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First on Fox: The bill, introduced by House Republicans on Friday, reimburses the state of Texas for its operational loan star costs – a state effort to curb illegal immigration amid the historic border crisis.

Loan Star Reimbursement Act, Introduced Rep. In R-Texas. Through Pat Fallon, it will repay the state for the operation announced by Governor Greg Abbott last year and enforce legislation to stop the influx of illegal immigrants along the Texas-Mexico border.

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The bill estimates that the Texas military has so far captured 134,000 illegal immigrants and referred them to law enforcement and refused to let more than 16,000 immigrants bypass them.

The bill states that “Operation LoneStar has been instrumental in curbing illegal immigration and that its members should be recognized for their efforts.”

May 5, 2022: Immigrant family reunites after being processed in Roma, Texas on May 05, 2022.  (Photo by Brandon Bell / Getty Images)

May 5, 2022: Immigrant family reunites after being processed in Roma, Texas on May 05, 2022. (Photo by Brandon Bell / Getty Images)

The bill would make $ 1.4 billion available to Texas for its FY 2021 and FY 2022 expenses. Legislators who support the bill say that since the task of securing the border belongs to the federal government, the states that take on that responsibility should be reimbursed by the federal government.

“Simply put, border security is national security,” Fallon said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “As a border state, Texas is unequally affected by illegal immigration, but we should not be forced to bear the entire financial burden when it comes to keeping the whole country safe. The government launched Operation Lone Star in the absence of Abbott’s action.

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Co-sponsors of the bill are Texas Reps. Kay Granger, Roger Williams, Jake LG, Ronnie Jackson, Randy Weber, Michael Cloud, Brian Bobbin, Michael Burgess, Troy Nehls and Louie Gomert.

“Our southern frontier is no longer just about families finding a better life. The Biden administration has deliberately failed in its responsibility to protect the American people and the Texans have paid the price figuratively and literally.” LG said in a statement. “In two years, the Texans have spent over $ 3 billion to secure our border. According to the Constitution, it’s a federal duty, and we owe every penny the Texans pay. I’m proud to work with my colleagues on the Lone Star Reimbursement Act. If the President does not do his job. , Congress does. “

This is the latest move by Republicans on the delegation to pay back to the state for the operation. Burgess has previously amended various allocation bills in the House to fund the program – arguing that “Texas should not bear the sole cost of securing our southern border.”

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Meanwhile, the number is growing on the southern border. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced this week that there were fears of more than 239,000 immigrants in May. This is the highest number on record, with 180,597 encountered in May 2021 and 23,237 encountered in May 2020. This is more than the 235,478 encountered in April 2022, setting a new record for encounters.