As migration continues to surge at the US-Mexico border, at least four states have recently committed to sending their own law enforcement officers to assist at the border.
Rep. Don Bacon tours the border wall and talks to CBP agents as part of the Members of the House Border Security Caucus visit in El Paso, in the US state of Texas, on May 21, 2021 (Photo by David Peinado/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
On June 25, Florida became the latest state to join the effort when it announced it would send 50 police officers to Texas. “America’s border security crisis affects every state and every American,” Governor Ron DeSantis said in a statement.
Republican leaders in Idaho, Iowa and Nebraska also said they would send officers to assist border officials amid a spike in migration. There were 180,034 border crossings in May, the largest number in two decades, according to data from US Customs and Border Protection.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said his state will send about 25 troops to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety for up to 16 days.
Iowa is expected to send 25 to 30 officers to Texas in about two weeks. Governor Kim Reynolds said in a statement that Iowa needed to do so because of “the rise of drugs, human trafficking and violent crime.”
Idaho Governor Brad Little announced earlier this month that the state would support Texas and Arizona, but did not provide details on how many officers would be allocated to the mission.
“The state of Idaho stands proudly with our fellow Americans along the U.S.-Mexico border and will do what we can to protect the American people, the people,” Little said in a press release. Idaho, against the disastrous consequences of the Biden-Harris administration’s inaction.”
Arizona and Texas sent a joint letter to the governors of all 48 other states on June 10, asking them to send more law enforcement officers and other resources to assist with border security.
Both states have deployed members of the National Guard, but said more help is needed to deal with the surge in migration and the “accompanied threats to private property”. and the safety of our citizens.”
“Given the appalling amount of violations currently occurring in Texas and Arizona, additional manpower is needed from any state,” the letter read.