In a very short amount of time, we will have a new president… and that means that much of the policies Barack Obama has put into place over the past eight years could be undone. That hasn’t stopped Obama from doing everything he can to push as much of his liberal extremist agenda into place during his last weeks in office. And some of the things he’s doing has politicians on both sides of the aisle angry — like shutting down vital border security.
Operation Phalanx is an aerial surveillance program that uses drones to catch drug smuggling and illegal crossings across the Mexican border. But the Obama administration has elected to shut it down.
Both Democrats and Republicans have criticized this decision, including Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Democrat Representative Henry Cuellar. They rightly have pointed out that decreasing surveillance on the border will have dangerous repercussions. But it turns out that the death of Operation Phalanx has been a long time coming — the Department of Homeland Security began scaling it back in January. That was when Abbott and Cuellar spoke out.
“Any decrease in aerial observation is not only imprudent, but contradicts the very mission of border security enforcement,” they wrote in a joint statement. “In order to ensure we are doing everything possible to effectively secure the border, we request immediate information on the metrics used to determine that a 50 percent reduction in aerial resources would be sufficient to support this important border security operation.” They requested more surveillance and security resources, not less, but they were denied.
But Obama and leaders in his administration ignored their pleas. They decided to permanently end the program, even though it was fully funded through 2017. But Cueller is not giving up the fight, and is requesting help from other Texas politicians, like House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul, Rep. John Carter, and Sen. John Cornyn. Gov. Abbott likewise slammed Obama for the decision.
Obama is doing everything he can to open the border. January 20th can’t come soon enough. National Guard remains. https://t.co/N3qF8LhWTy
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 18, 2016