If Texans know anything, it’s how acutely close the United States is to our southern neighbor, and exactly what benefits and risks that brings with it. Texas also has the distinct advantage of having been its own country, which, as I’m sure a Texan would never remind you, sets them apart from the rest of the nation in a few important ways.

First: Texas has had to defend itself from foreign invaders, through a land bridge, relentlessly pushing back the deeply invested local residents who would (and in some cases did) give everything to keep their land safe. That same spirit seems to be running through Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott who has stated that since the federal government won’t make a decision about the border crisis, caused by their self-same policies, Texas will once again protect itself.

“Today Texas launched Operation Lone Star to respond to the border crisis. It deploys Nat’l Guard + DPS Officers + air, ground, marine, & tactical border security assets to deny Mexican Cartels & smugglers the ability to move drugs & people into Texas,” the Republican governor tweeted, reminding the world that Texans know how to fight back.

“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” said Abbott, according to KFOX-TV.

“Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans. We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis,” he said, according to KXXV-TV.

Abbott’s decisive move comes just weeks after the Texas Department of Public Safety Col. Steve McCraw met with Abbott to discuss how Texas should respond to the ever-increasing border crisis.

The border control has been complicated by the fact that many many on the left have insisted that there really is no problem with letting immigrants into the United States, unchecked and unvetted. However, at least one Democrat, Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas said that it’s rapidly becoming time to do something about the problem, according to KGNS-TV.

“In the last 7 days in the valley they have stopped 10,000 individuals and 2,500 individuals in the last two days and many are being released,” he said. He said that he fears Laredo will soon be swamped.

“Remember what happened under the problem we had last time?” said Cuellar. “What did they do? [they said] ‘oh, we have too many people in the south, so let us send them to Laredo.’ They process them in [Laredo] and they send them by bus stations and then release them in Laredo. My thing is, if the numbers keep going up they will release them in Laredo like they did in the past.”

Cueller has raised additional concerns about immigrants bringing coronavirus with them and Abbott agreed saying that “If they do not go to an NGO, then they go straight to the bus station and no one is checking them, or testing them for COVID-19, Border Patrol does not do that.”

He said President Joe Biden “is bringing in illegal immigrants into the state of Texas and then releasing them, and many of whom have COVID.”

“The president and his administration need to step up and stop this program. First of promoting illegal immigration, but second, allowing people who are coming to this country, to spread COVID across the entire country,” Abbott said, according to Newsweek.

Texans once told the Mexicans to “come and take it,” and today we tell them again; Texas might be part of the United States during this invasion, but it doesn’t mean that the state is any less determined to hold off those who don’t respect its sovereignty or way of life.