Now that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have made it clear that they have little to no interest in quelling the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border, Texas is taking matters into its own hands, and the Lone Star state is already receiving back-up from its red-state allies.
As Fox News reported, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced Tuesday that she’s deploying 50 South Dakota National Guard troops to help her friend and Republican ally, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in his fight to protect the safety and well-being of the residents in his state.
Making the situation even sweeter for taxpayers, the deployment, which is set to last up to 60 days, was funded by an anonymous donor.
“The Biden administration has failed”
Noem, one of the Biden administration’s fiercest critics in the gubernatorial realm, released a statement on the troop deployment in which she made clear her thoughts on how the Biden administration has handled the immigration crisis.
“The Biden administration has failed in the most basic duty of the federal government: keeping the American people safe,” Noem wrote. “The border is a national security crisis that requires the kind of sustained response only the National Guard can provide.”
Noem’s response came in the wake of a call put out to Republican governors across the country by Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R), in which they requested any available support in order to allow them to take matters into their own hands to protect their respective states.
“On behalf of Texas and Arizona, we respectfully but urgently request that you send all available law-enforcement resources to the border in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the two governors wrote earlier in June.
Ducey and Abbott have also taken legal action against the Biden administration for failing to adequately protect the two border states, which they claim are disproportionately hurt by the surge in illegal immigrants.
A warning to all states
The governors also highlighted the benefits of helping out their respective states with much-needed law enforcement support, as a surge of illegal immigration eventually affects states across the country, which can increase crime and put a strain on already-depleted local and county resources.
“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 governors wrote.
“The convicted criminals they smuggle into the homeland will bring recidivism with them to far too many of your communities,” they warned.
While it’s unlikely that any Democrat-run states will provide assistance to Texas and Arizona, hopefully, additional red states heed their cries for help and follow in Noem’s footsteps.