GOP-led states step up with troops, legislation enforcement to assist Texas sort out border woes

As Texas continues to grapple with an ongoing crisis at the southern border, now into its third yr, Republican-led states are stepping up by sending troops, legislation enforcement and different assets to assist safe the southern border.

This week each Tennessee and Nebraska introduced they might be sending personnel to the border, becoming a member of Mississippi and Florida in doing so. Tennessee introduced a deployment of 100 Nationwide Guard members, whereas Nebraska introduced the deployment of 10 state troopers.

“America continues to face an unprecedented border disaster that threatens our nation’s safety and the protection of Tennesseans,” Tenn. Gov. Invoice Lee mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday. “The federal authorities owes People a plan to safe our nation, and within the meantime, states proceed to reply this essential name to service. I’m once more authorizing the Tennessee Nationwide Guard to assist safe the Southern border, and I commend these troops for offering essential help.” 

“Our nation has a severe and unchecked menace on its palms following President Biden’s determination to finish Title 42,” Nebraska Gov. Jim Phillen mentioned. “Nebraska is dedicated to utilizing each instrument in its instrument field to assist cease the inflow of unlawful immigration at our southern border. Unlawful immigration hurts our nation’s safety, undermines the rule of legislation, and threatens the wellbeing of our state.”

Migrants cross a barbed-wire barrier into the United States

Migrants cross a barbed-wire barrier into the US from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Tuesday, Could 9, 2023. The U.S. is making ready for the Thursday, Could eleventh finish of the Title 42 coverage, linked to the coronavirus pandemic that allowed it to rapidly expel many migrants in search of asylum.  (AP Picture/Christian Chavez)


Texas has been on the entrance traces of the disaster because it started within the early months of 2021. Whereas the causes are extensively debated — with Republicans blaming the Biden administration’s insurance policies and the administration blaming Republicans for failing to supply funding and immigration reform — the numbers have been monumental.

There have been greater than 1.7 million migrant encounters in FY 2021, and greater than 2.3 million in FY22. There have up to now been over 1.4 million migrant encounters in FY 23 recorded till the tip of April, with 5 months nonetheless left of the fiscal yr.

Texas has surged assets to the border with Operation Lone Star, whereas the Biden administration has additionally touted its personal assets it has despatched to the border, together with on the ports of entry and additional processing energy. However now states with Republican governors are mobilizing, significantly because the Title 42 public well being order has ended — which allowed for the fast elimination of migrants on the border as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had introduced final week that his state was deploying assets to help Texas.

The governor’s workplace mentioned Florida has greater than 1,100 belongings and assets out there to help, together with 101 Freeway Patrol personnel, 200 Division of Regulation Enforcement officers, 800 Nationwide Guard troopers, emergency administration personnel, 17 unmanned drones and 10 vessels, together with airboats.


“The impacts of Biden’s Border Disaster are felt by communities throughout the nation, and the federal authorities’s abdication of obligation undermines the sovereignty of our nation and the rule of legislation,” DeSantis mentioned in an announcement.

“At my path, state companies together with legislation enforcement and the Florida Nationwide Guard are being deployed to Texas, with belongings together with personnel, boats and planes. Whereas Biden ignores the disaster he created, Florida stands prepared to assist Texas reply to this disaster,” he mentioned.

Texas Division of Public Security spokesperson Chris Olivarez wrote in response, “We welcome the help from the state of Florida as they are going to present extra legislation enforcement assets to assist fight prison exercise & interdict lethal narcotics.”

A day later, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves mentioned this state is mobilizing Nationwide Guard troops to assist safe the border.


“What occurs on the border doesn’t keep there. Medicine and individuals are trafficked to each state within the nation – together with Mississippi,” Reeves mentioned. “To maintain Mississippians secure and restrict the impression of our nation’s open borders, the Mississippi Nationwide Guard’s 112th Army Police Battalion has been mobilized and is supporting Customs and Border Safety officers and brokers alongside the Southwest border.”

The Biden administration has been cautious about such efforts, with officers just lately suggesting that the transfer by Florida was politically motivated.

President Biden speaks

President Biden speaks about inflation and provide chain points in Los Angeles.  (AP Picture/Damian Dovarganes)


“Excellent coordination is happening on the native stage each day. We now have seen, nonetheless, at occasions that Gov. DeSantis and [Texas Gov. Greg Abbott] take actions which might be being achieved actually for purely political causes and that don’t contain the sort of coordination that we actually must see on the border,” Department of Homeland Security official Blas Nunez-Neto instructed reporters final week.

“We’re assured in our women and men on the entrance traces, capacity to conduct their border operations in a secure, humane and safe method. And we once more name on the governors to ensure that any steps they take are achieved in coordination with our federal personnel,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, numbers have plummeted on the border in comparison with the highs seen within the days main as much as the tip of Title 42, when brokers encountered over 10,000 migrants a day. Numbers have since dropped to a mean of round 3,000 a day, officers mentioned final week.


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