Republican Govs. Bill Lee of Tennessee and Jim Pillen of Nebraska are sending state authorities to the southern border to assist the state of Texas, their offices announced this week.
Lee is sending troops from the Tennessee National Guard, and Pillen will deploy Nebraska state troopers to help address the surge in illegal immigration and drug smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Republican governors met with Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently to discuss the Lone Star State’s plan to secure the southern border after Title 42, the Trump-era expulsion order, ended on May 11. (RELATED: ‘We Have To Leave’: Illegal Immigrants Plan To Flee Florida After New Law Goes Into Effect)
Tennessee will deploy 100 national guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border, Lee announced in a statement. “The men and women of the Tennessee National Guard are always ready to serve their country anywhere, anytime,” Brigadier General Warner Ross, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, said in a statement on Thursday.
“These troops are a capable contingent that will continue our long-standing tradition of responding to the call to aid our fellow Americans. The Tennessee National Guard is proud to serve and support our state partners in safeguarding the United States along the U.S. Southern border,” Ross added.
Pillen blamed Biden for the situation at the southern border, in a statement announcing his decision to deploy state troopers to Texas. “Our nation has a serious and unchecked threat on its hands following President Biden’s decision to end Title 42,” Pillen said.
“Nebraska is committed to using every tool in its tool box to help stop the influx of illegal immigration at our southern border. Illegal immigration hurts our nation’s security, undermines the rule of law, and threatens the wellbeing of our state,” Pillen added.
Nebraska will send troopers who are experienced drone operators to assist authorities already deployed to the southern border by Abbott. “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,” Colonel John Bolduc, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, said in a statement. “Our team is eager to join troopers from several other states answering Texas’ call for assistance.”
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is running for president in 2024, also recently deployed law enforcement resources from his state to Texas.
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