Texas Dems Unanimously Support Effort to Block Federal Funding for Operation Lone Star

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Allred Is Only Democrat to Vote Against Amendment

Texas’ congressional Democrats unanimously supported an effort to prevent any federal funds from reimbursing the state’s Operation Lone Star border initiative.

The vote came after San Antonio Democrat U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro filed an amendment to the congressional spending bill stating that “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for the Texas border and immigration enforcement program known as Operation Lone Star.”

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Texas has spent around $10 billion for the effort, as millions of illegal aliens have flooded across the southern border since President Joe Biden took office.

The amendment ultimately failed by a vote of 220-2011.

Among those voting no was U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D–Dallas), who is currently running to be the Democrat Senate candidate against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R–TX).

“Texas’s southern border is being overwhelmed by an historic influx of migrants but Colin Allred refuses to break with DC Democrats to give Texas the funding it needs to secure the border,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Philip Letsou. “If Allred were smart, he’d drop out now and run again for his safe Democrat seat in the House.”

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The vote on Castro’s amendment highlights the growing divide between Texas Democrats and their national party on border security issues. Texas Democrats have been increasingly critical of the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis, and many have called for more resources to be devoted to border security. However, national Democrats have largely opposed these calls, arguing that they would lead to more human rights abuses.

It remains to be seen how the issue of border security will play out in the upcoming midterm elections. Allred is facing a tough challenge from Cruz, and the border issue is likely to be a major focus of the campaign.

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Source: Texas Scorecard

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