We have a week to learn about Operation Lone Star, a border wall and security initiative launched by Texas Governor Abbott in March 2021 to address what he called the failure

of the Biden administration to secure the southern border. Over the past 19 months, Operation Lone Star has sent more than 10,000 Texas National Guard members, many who left their families and jobs with little notice, for months-long service. Our first Public Journal entry will assess the background information about Texas Governor Greg Abbott's border wall and security initiatives. In reviewing the Texas Tribune article, keep your eyes open for references to the different levels of government (federal, state, and local) and among the local levels, the counties, and the cities.