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January 13, 2022      5:15 PM

Beto and mayors slam Abbott for military operations on the border, Abbott says they are playing politics

“He is not creating order. He is creating more chaos on the border," O'Rourke says; Abbott counters “It is offensive for any of these people raising the issues to politicize the issue of a military member losing their life"

Challenger Beto O’Rourke and Texas mayors criticized Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star on the same day its legitimacy is challenged in a Travis County courtroom.

Abbott chose the Rio Grande Valley as the location to announce his re-election bid, touting his funding for local roads and higher education, as well as Texas exceptionalism. On his website, he highlights his commitment to build a border wall and sending National Guard troops to reinforce border agents in a measure known as the Operation Lone Star.

Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez, on a conference call with reporters arranged by O’Rourke’s campaign along with Austin Mayor Steve Adler, said Operation Lone Star was unnecessary.

By Kimberly Reeves

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