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GOP Governor Welcomes Back National Guard Troops Deployed to Southern Border

The following article, GOP Governor Welcomes Back National Guard Troops Deployed to Southern Border, was first published on Flag And Cross.

Because of the apocalyptic illegal immigration crisis ignited by Joe Biden’s dumpster-fire presidency, some Republican governors have sent their own states’ military and law enforcement forces to help guard our unsecured southern border.

This week, Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds welcomed back 109 Iowa National Guard troops and 31 state Department of Public Safety officers she had deployed to secure the Texas border pursuant to an emergency request from fellow Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

“The president’s inaction at the border has resulted in catastrophic consequences,” Reynolds said at a news conference Wednesday. “In failing to respond to this crisis, he has failed the American people.”

During their deployment, Iowa soldiers worked with the Texas National Guard and federal law enforcement to apprehend transnational criminals and deter illegal border crossings.

“As a result, 1,700 illegal migrants were apprehended by Customs and Border Patrol and another 1,241 surrendered,” Maj. Gen. General Stephen Osborn, the adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard, said at the news conference.

Reynolds had ordered the deployment — which ran from Aug. 2 to Oct. 2 — in response to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact request from Abbott, who has been desperately trying to stem the mass influx of illegal aliens into his state.

EMAC is an interstate mutual aid agreement that enables states to share resources during crises and disasters.

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Reynolds used $1.93 million from Iowa’s American Rescue Plan funding to pay for the mission.

In other words, Iowa taxpayers helped pay for border security in Texas because the Biden administration refuses to do so.

Reynolds said the mission was necessary because Iowa — which is more than 13 hours from the Texas border — is being ravaged by a catastrophic drug epidemic resulting from the infiltration of illicit drugs flooding our porous southern border.

“As Governor, I have a responsibility to protect the safety and well-being of Iowans and protecting them at home starts with protecting the border,” she said.

Under Biden’s failed leadership, every state in the nation — no matter how far it is from the border — is vulnerable to the terrifying crime unleashed by the unprecedented border disaster.

“The challenges our nation is facing at the border is touching every corner of this state in ways that few understand,” Stephan Bayens, the commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said during the news conference.

“From 2020 through 2022, Iowa has experienced a 500% increase in fentanyl seizures, 100% meth seizures, and a 35% increase in drug-related deaths,” the governor’s office said in a news release.

Think about it: Biden’s migrant crisis is so appalling and destructive that the governor of a state that’s almost 1,000 miles from the border was compelled to deploy forces there to protect the residents of her state.

This is despite the fact that Iowans and other Americans pay federal taxes that are used to fund agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which exist to protect the border.

What an insane waste of tax money and other public resources.

Why are Americans paying to bankroll federal agencies whose job is to manage immigration — both legal and illegal — when Biden (whose salary we pay) wastes taxpayer-funded resources to block the enforcement of longstanding immigration laws he helped pass when he was a senator?

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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