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Missouri National Guard to secure border in Texas

Members of the Missouri National Guard will be deployed to Texas to help with the crises on the southern border. Gov. Mike Parson visited the U.S.-Mexico border over the weekend., where he stood with 24 other Republican governors to show support for Texas on its efforts to block illegal border crossings.

“We will start the process of working with Operation Lone Star to be able to put boots on the ground and be able to help even more than what we already have,” he said. “We currently have National Guard members in Texas, but we are going to do more.”

Parson said a secure southern border leads to a stronger Missouri.

“When you come down here and see this border firsthand, you would realize every day what everybody’s going through down here, law enforcement and what’s happening with dealing with the cartel, all the things that we’re hearing about on the news,” he said. “I’m telling you, every state needs to step up and make sure we’re doing the right thing by enforcing the laws.”

The move by the Republican governors follows the U.S. Supreme Court siding last month with the Biden administration and ordering the removal of razor wire along the border. Texas installed the wire to block people from illegally entering the country.

The governors met at the border as the Senate was preparing to release details of its plan to address the high number of illegal border crossings, which topped 300,000 in December alone. The Biden administration has backed legislative action, but some Republicans have appeared unwilling to go forward after former President Donald Trump said that doing so would help Democrats in November. Two Republican members of Missouri’s congressional delegation, Sen. Josh Hawley and Rep. Mark Alford, released statements on Sunday saying they would vote no on the proposal.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice

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