South Dakota has become the latest state to send National Guard troops down to the southern border to help deal with the migrant crisis created by President Joe Biden.
“Tomorrow morning I’m officially announcing up to 50 National Guard troops to Texas to help secure our border,” South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem tweeted.
Noem’s office said the deployment will last for between 30 and 60 days, and that it will be paid for via a private donation.
“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.”
Noem used her statement to blame the Biden administration for the crisis pointing to its rolling back of Trump border protections and policies. The Biden administration has diverted attention from their border failures by claiming to be addressing the “root causes” of the crisis in Central America.
“We should not be making our communities less safe by sending our police or Highway Patrol to fix a long-term problem President Biden’s administration seems unable or unwilling to solve,” Noem said. “My message to Texas is this: help is on the way.”
The South Dakota national guardsmen will join others sent down south by fellow red states Florida and Nebraska.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced last week that he would be sending troops to Texas to assist Texas Governor Greg Abbott stop illegal immigration and smuggling into the state.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced earlier this month that Florida would supply national guardsmen to Texas as well as Arizona.
Abbott joined with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to write a letter earlier this month requesting aid from other states in suppressing illegal immigration along the southern border. The governors placed the blame for the unprecedented levels of illegal immigration on the shoulders of President Biden.
“Securing our border with Mexico is the federal government’s responsibility. But the Biden administration has proven unwilling or unable to do the job,” the governors wrote. “This failure to enforce federal immigration laws causes banns 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 continued.
“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,” the letter said.
“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.”
Both states have also sued over the Biden administration’s policies, arguing that border states are hurt the most by the relaxing of Trump-era border and enforcement measures.
Author: Luis Wheeler