Gov. Abbott tours Texas-Mexico border in midst of ongoing 'crisis' in region

MISSION, Texas (KTRK) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is visiting the Texas-Mexico border Tuesday afternoon to provide an update on the state's security efforts.

Before speaking, Abbott received a briefing from representatives of the U.S. Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott spoke briefly to ABC13 and responded to the recent criticism over his decision to rescind the statewide mask mandate. Abbott also answered the question on if he would continue to wear his own personal mask, or not.

The governor also took part in an aerial tour of the border.

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More than 200 Texas families are currently fighting an attempted federal land seizure to build the wall in federal court.

The border wall visit comes after Abbott announced "Operation Lone Star" last week, which is targeted at combatting the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas.

The Operation integrates DPS with the Texas National Guard and deploys air, ground, marine, and tactical border security assets to high threat areas.

The video above is from previous reporting.

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