Two states are sending state troopers to the border after Texas and Arizona called for help among the worsening crisis.
There have been more than 900,000 apprehensions at the southern border so far in fiscal year 2021, with 180,034 in May alone. As Customs and Border Protection (CBP) grows more overwhelmed by the day, rather than sending aid to the border, the Biden administration continues to tie their hands. Furthermore, the administration refuses to acknowledge their role in creating the crisis and continues to remove protections set up by the Trump administration. As a result, border communities and states are having to take on the responsibility of securing the border themselves.
Republican governors Doug Ducey of Arizona and Greg Abbott of Texas sent a letter on June 10 requesting that other governors send available law enforcement resources to the border. So far Nebraska and Florida have answered the call.
Nebraska is sending two dozen state troopers to Texas for 16 days. In a press release, Governor Pete Ricketts, a Republican, stated “Nebraska is stepping up to help Texas respond to the ongoing crisis on their border with Mexico. The disastrous policies of the Biden-Harris administration created an immigration crisis on the border. While the federal government has fallen short in its response, Nebraska is happy to step up to provide assistance to Texas as they work to protect their communities and keep people safe.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) stated, “We have a crisis at our border – a crisis created by bad policies. With the federal government unable to get the job done, Texas and Arizona have asked for help to secure our border and Florida is answering the call.”
DeSantis did not give many details on the operation itself, but he mentioned that officers would be deployed to Arizona and Texas for 16 days.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is also considering sending aid to Texas. She told Fox & Friends, “Well, securing that border is a national security issue, and we in South Dakota are evaluating that. We’d love to help and we’re working through that process to see if that’s something that we could make possible.”
Meanwhile, border czar Kamala Harris has yet to visit the southern border, and instead continues to devote her time to unrelated Biden administration wish list items.
When questioned about when she would travel to the border in an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt, she laughed, stating, “We’ve been to the border. So this whole thing about the border, we’ve been to the border,” to which Holt replied, “You haven’t been to the border.” Seeming to laugh at her own joke, Vice President Harris responded, “And I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
Her comments drew much criticism, and rightfully so. Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) tweeted, “I have been to the border and it’s nothing to laugh about. Thanks to Biden/Harris policies, officials are stretched thin and both border communities and migrants are suffering. This is not a joke, it’s a crisis on your watch.”
As the federal government continues to deny border communities the protection they deserve, states must step up to help secure the border. Mass illegal immigration is a problem that affects all states, not just the ones sharing a border with Mexico.
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