Well, at least someone is trying to deal with the migrant crisis at the southern border. Several Republican governors across the country are sending state law enforcement officials to the border to assist Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in handling the rapid influx of migrants attempting to enter the United States legally and illegally.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem recently joined a number of other GOP governors in deploying National Guard troops to the southern border.
“The Biden Administration has failed,” she said during the Tuesday announcement. “The border is a national security crisis that requires the kind of sustained response only the National Guard can provide.”
CNN reported that governors of Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska, and Idaho, have pledged to send troops to help alleviate the problems at the southern border. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last week declared:
Where the federal government has failed, the states are stepping up into doing our best to fill the void.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little indicated that he was “evaluating [the state’s] resources” to assess how they could help.
Of course, these moves are not without opposition.
Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told CNN:
I think immigration is the sole purview of the federal government. It isn’t like drug laws that are shared with the states. No state can impose its own immigration laws or rules.
The former commissioner, who served under the Obama administration, referred to the moves as “political theater.”
Typically, border issues fall under the federal government’s purview. However, Kerlikowske did acknowledge that the Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as National Guard troops, have been used to assist CBP.
A spokesperson for the agency told CNN that it “continues to leverage our longstanding relationships with state and local law enforcement, including deconflicting operations in the border region and responding to callouts from other law enforcement agencies,” and further explained that it “defers to the State of Texas to speak to any steps they are taking to increase their enforcement posture.”
The announcements made by these Republican governors have already ruffled feathers on the left. CNN
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