Republican Leaders Deploy Troops

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( – On Wednesday the South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia governors stated that they would be sending their state’s National Guard soldiers or law enforcement officers to the southern border to assist with the situation.

Virginia Governor  Youngkin, who is considered to be a possible presidential hopeful, announced an executive order that would deploy 100 Virginia National Guard soldiers and 21 support personnel to Texas. Similarly, South Carolina’s Henry McMaster and West Virginia’s Jim Justice also announced that they would be deploying officers following Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s request for assistance to handle the southern border.

These latest announcements mean that at least eight Republican-led states would be deploying soldiers, officers, or resources to assist Abbott. As Youngkin stated there is an “ongoing border crisis” that has resulted in every state in the nation becoming a border state. He proceeded to state that as federal leadership was not stepping up and providing solutions it was now up to them to help secure the border, “reduce the flow of fentanyl,” stop human trafficking and deal with the humanitarian crisis at the border.

In early May, President Biden announced that he would deploy 1,500 active-duty troops to assist at the border. There are already 2,500 National Guard members currently at the southern border. The military personnel would carry out administrative tasks which would allow the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to focus on fieldwork.

However, the Republican-led state deployments would be sent to specifically help Texas’ Operation Lone Star, which was launched in 2021.

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