South Dakota Joins Other GOP-Led States Sending National Guard To Southern Border
South Dakota is the latest to send National Guard troops to assist Texas in securing the borders between the US and Mexico.
Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem slammed the administration of President Joe Biden for “failing” to protect the country’s borders — which she said, prompted action from local authorities instead.
“Tomorrow morning I’m officially announcing up to 50 National Guard troops to Texas to help secure our border,” Noem tweeted on Monday.
“The Biden Administration has failed to keep America safe. We shouldn’t be making our own communities vulnerable by sending police to fix Biden’s border crisis,” she added, directly blasting the Democrat administration for its inability to plug the continuing high numbers of illegal immigrants trying to cross the southern border to US communities.
Tomorrow morning I'm officially announcing up to 50 National Guard troops to Texas to help secure our border. The Biden Administration has failed to keep America safe. We shouldn't be making our own communities vulnerable by sending police to fix Biden's border crisis.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) June 28, 2021
Noem’s announcement will allow the national guards of South Dakota to join the national guardsmen from Florida and Nebraska — both led by Republican governors — which both earlier announced sending troops to the border to aid Texas in securing the country’s borders.
Last week, Nebraska Republican Governor Pete Ricketts said he would
send a group of state troopers to Texas later this month to assist local authorities including Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in dealing with border security amid an ongoing immigration crisis.
“Nebraska is stepping up to help Texas respond to the ongoing crisis on their border with Mexico,” Ricketts said then.
“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,” he added.
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) June 21, 2021
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis also earlier announced that Florida would supply national guardsmen to Texas as well as Arizona to help local law enforcement stop illegal immigration and smuggling into the states — becoming the first governor to respond.
“The request overall nationwide, they needed about 500 personnel, so Florida is filling up a sizable chunk of that,” DeSantis said as he announced that 50 officers will be sent from Florida.
Idaho has also earlier committed to sending assistance.
Texas, Arizona seek help from other states
Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey wrote a letter on June 10 to the governors of the 48 other states requesting them for aid and to send additional law enforcement agents and resources to help patrol their states’ borders with Mexico and suppress illegal immigration along the southern border.
The governors have blamed the Biden administration for allowing the illegal immigration crisis to reach historic levels.
“Securing our border with Mexico is the federal government’s responsibility. But the Biden administration has proven unwilling or unable to do the job,” governors Abbott and Ducey wrote. “This failure to enforce federal immigration laws causes bans that spill over into every State.”
“The cartels will see to it that their deadly fentanyl and human-trafficking victims reach far and wide. The convicted criminals they smuggle into the homeland will bring recidivism with them to far too many of your communities. And although now people are coming to our border from as far away as Senegal, Bangladesh, and Uzbekistan, the cartels are not exactly screening for threats to public health or national security,” the letter added.
“In response to the ongoing surge of illegal border crossings, with the accompanying threats to private property and to the safety of our citizens, Governor Abbott has declared a disaster and Governor Ducey has declared an emergency.”
“Given the staggering number of violations now occurring in Texas and Arizona, additional manpower is needed from any state that can spare it. With your help, we can apprehend more of these perpetrators of state and federal crimes, before they can cause problems in your State,” the two Republican governors continued.
Meanwhile, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds — also a member of the GOP — has reportedly approved sending state guardsmen to help keep law and order along the southern border, joining Nebraska, Florida and South Dakota.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has approved sending state troopers to aid law enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border, joining Nebraska Gov. Ricketts, Florida Gov. DeSantis and Idaho Gov. Little 👇https://t.co/XKexX49Tij
— Free Telegraph (@freetelegraph) June 25, 2021
Reports earlier revealed that in May, the Department of Homeland Security arrested more illegal immigrants than in any other month since its founding in 2002.
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