Senate Approves Mastriano Measure to Send PA National Guard to Defend Texas Border

HARRISBURG – The state Senate today approved a resolution introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33)  calling on the governor to deploy the Pennsylvania National Guard along Texas’s southern border with Mexico as part of Operation Lone Star.

“Pennsylvania families are being harmed by the influx of immigrants and illegal drugs resulting from lax federal border security measures,” Mastriano said. “States are working together to make up for the federal government’s failure on this important issue.”

Pennsylvanians have an interest in protecting our nation’s southern border and preventing an influx of immigrants and illegal drugs from reaching our communities,” said Mastriano, who serves as chairman of the committee. “Some of the fentanyl that is killing our kids is arriving from Mexico.”

The Senate approved Mastriano’s Senate Resolution 251, which calls on Gov. Josh Shapiro to offer the services of the Pennsylvania National Guard to the state of Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott initiated Operation Lone Star in March 2021 in response to the unprecedented rise in illegal immigration. Operation Lone Star personnel work to detect and repel illegal crossings, arrest human smugglers and cartel gang members, and stop the flow of deadly drugs like fentanyl.

In May 2023, Abbott sent letters to governors requesting support for Operation Lone Star. So far, 14 states – Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming – have responded and deployed personnel and resources to secure the border. 

According to a 2023 report, at least 251,000 illegal immigrants reside in Pennsylvania with an annual burden of more than $1.6 billion on taxpayers.

Illegal immigration costs Pennsylvania taxpayers more than this year’s state budget allocated for the departments of Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Conservation and Natural Resources, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Environmental Protection, Health, Military and Veterans Affairs, Transportation, Labor and Industry, and State, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency combined. The cost of illegal immigration is more than double the size of the increase in spending for the Department of Education in this year’s state budget.

Constituents of the 33rd Senatorial District can learn more about Mastriano by visiting his website at or following him on Facebook at 

Media contact: Josh Herman

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