Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he would deploy members of the Florida National Guard to help Texas fend off an attack “Invade” Of illegal immigrants. US President Joe Biden's administration is struggling to prevent Texas from closing the border.
Nearly 1,000 troops will be sent to Texas, DeSantis' office said in a statement Thursday. They will be joined by members of the Florida State Guard and about 90 members of various Florida law enforcement agencies already at the border.
“States have every right to defend their sovereignty and we are pleased to increase our support for Texas as the Lone Star State works to stop cross-border invasion.” DeSantis said. “Our reinforcements will help Texas add additional barriers, including razor wire along the border,” he added. “We do not have a country if we do not have borders.”
During his first week in office, Biden signed a series of executive orders that rolled back immigration restrictions imposed by former President Donald Trump. As a result, illegal crossings have soared, with 302,000 people caught crossing the 2,000-mile border in December, and more than 10 million entering the United States since 2021. Under Biden's “catch and release” policy, Release detained immigrants immediately to the United States, with orders to appear at immigration hearings in future years.
Texas – which shares more than 1,200 miles of border with Mexico – deployed the National Guard to the border in 2021 and began building razor wire barriers at popular crossing points. The Biden administration responded by suing the state, and the Supreme Court ruled last month that federal agents could access the border to remove razor wire.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vowed to defy the ruling and install more wire, arguing that the Biden administration has neglected the constitutional obligation to enforce federal immigration law, and that his duty to protect his constituents supersedes any federal laws.
Although the Department of Homeland Security gave Abbott three days to begin removing the obstacles late last month, a US Customs and Border Patrol official told Fox News that the agency… “No plans” To move and destroy the barriers after Abbott ignored the deadline.
About 25 Republican governors issued a joint statement of solidarity with Abbott last week, and accused Biden of involvement in it. “Illegally allowing mass parole across America for immigrants who entered our country illegally.”
Florida has been sending law enforcement officers and soldiers to assist Texas since 2021. National Guard troops have built obstacles and lookouts, while Florida Highway Patrol officers have arrested nearly 150,000 illegal aliens and charged 2,102 people with smuggling or human trafficking, according to For DeSantis' office. He said.