Friday 2 June 2023

DeSantis: Florida National Guard “proud to help” Texas counterparts in addressing Biden-inflicted BORDER CRISIS

  Members of the Florida National Guard (FNG) are “proud to help” their counterparts in Texas in addressing the border crisis, according to the Sunshine State’s governor.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted on May 28: “We are proud to help Texas fight [President Joe] Biden’s border crisis.” His tweet came in response to a tweet by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott five days prior, on May 23.

“FNG service members arrived in Texas over the weekend. Thank you to Gov. DeSantis for deploying troops to support our border response,” Abbott’s post read. “While Biden refuses to secure the border, we’ve stepped up to fill the gaps he created.”

The governor of the Lone Star State said members of the Texas National Guard are assisting in reinforcing areas of the border that otherwise lack a physical barrier. The guardsmen are combating a flow of illegal immigrants that continues to outpace those recorded in the previous two years. Fortunately, several Republican-led states have recently announced efforts to send troops, law enforcement and other resources to help stop the surge at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Earlier in May, the Florida governor announced that the Sunshine State was deploying more than 1,100 resources available to assist. These included 101 officers from the Florida Highway Patrol, 200 officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 800 guardsmen and emergency management personnel. Also included were 17 unmanned drones and 10 vessels, including airboats.

“The impacts of Biden’s border crisis are felt by communities across the nation, and the federal government’s abdication of duty undermines the sovereignty of our country and the rule of law,” DeSantis remarked.

“At my direction, state agencies – including law enforcement and the FNG – are being deployed to Texas, with assets including personnel, boats and planes. While Biden ignores the crisis he created, Florida stands ready to help Texas respond to this crisis.”

Texas also welcomes aid from other states

Chris Olivarez, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, lauded the support sent by Florida. He said: “We welcome the support from the state of Florida as they will provide additional law enforcement resources to help combat criminal activity and interdict deadly narcotics.”

But aside from Florida, Texas also recognized the help and assistance sent by other states – including Tennessee, Nebraska and Mississippi. The Volunteer State announced that it deployed 100 members of the Tennessee National Guard

“America continues to face an unprecedented border crisis that threatens our nation’s security and the safety of Tennesseans. The federal government owes Americans a plan to secure our country. In the meantime, states continue to answer this important call to service,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said in a May 24 statement.

“I am again authorizing the TNG to help secure the southern border, and I commend these troops for providing critical support.”

Meanwhile, the Cornhusker State deployed 10 members of the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) through its Emergency Management Assistance Compact. The 10 NSP members include drone operators for border surveillance purposes.

NSP Superintendent Col. John Bolduc remarked that his team ” is eager to join troopers from several other states answering Texas’ call for assistance.” He continued: “Our team of drone operators will provide valuable assistance to our law enforcement partners in Texas as they work to keep communities safe at the border.”

“Our nation has a serious and unchecked threat on its hands following Biden’s decision to end Title 42,” said Nebraska Gov. Jim Phillen. “Illegal immigration hurts our nation’s security, undermines the rule of law and threatens the well-being of our state.” 

Phillen reiterated that “Nebraska is committed to using every tool in its tool box to help stop the influx of illegal immigration at our southern border.”

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