As President Joe Biden continues to deny that there’s a crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border, states across America are stepping up to fill in the gaps left by federal law enforcement officials.
According to the Washington Examiner, North Dakota has now become the seventh state to answer a call from governors in Texas and Arizona for help with securing the southern border.
North Dakota steps in
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican, announced in a tweet Tuesday that he would be sending more than 100 National Guard troops from his state down south to help with border security efforts.
“We have monitored the ongoing crisis at the southern border and will send 125 [National Guard] soldiers from the 957th Engineer Company at the Army’s request to help secure our border,” the governor said, according to the Examiner.
He also lauded the Guard members for their “readiness to protect our great state and nation.”
We have monitored the ongoing crisis at the southern border and will send 125 @NDNationalGuard soldiers from the 957th Engineer Company at the Army’s request to help secure our border. Grateful for our courageous Guard members’ readiness to protect our great state and nation. pic.twitter.com/TjUDsns8wO
— Gov. Doug Burgum (@DougBurgum) July 6, 2021
Troops on the way
Currently, Texas and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) have deployed approximately 1,000 of the state’s own Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers to the border, along with several hundred National Guard troops.
Arizona, meanwhile, has dispatched several hundred Guard troops to its own portion of the border, along with an unspecified number of state and local law enforcement officials, under the direction of Gov. Doug Ducey (R).
The movement of the North Dakota soldiers appears to stem from a June 10 letter from the pair of GOP governors that cited the Emergency Management Assistance Compact in requesting help in securing the southern border and enforcing the country’s laws amid a worsening surge in migration — and a lack of action from the White House.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, six other GOP-led states had already answered the call before North Dakota stepped in, including Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. That assistance reportedly ranges from sending a handful of state police troopers to dozens or even hundreds of National Guard soldiers.
A plan of action
While the responsibilities of those deployed personnel can vary — and they aren’t supposed to personally enforce federal immigration law — they can provide logistical and vehicle maintenance assistance, provide back-up for other law enforcement officials in the states, and assist federal immigration officials like Border Patrol or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in their duties, reports note.
As for how these deployments will be paid for, odds are that the states providing the assistance will bear the brunt of the cost. Of course, it really should be Washington that’s footing the bill — but try telling Biden that.