Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the deployment of the Florida National Guard (FNG) to “assist” the Texas National Guard (TNG) in securing the southern border.
DeSantis made the announcement on Feb. 1. Up to 1,000 FNG members, alongside members of the Florida State Guard, will be sent to the Lone Star State “based on Texas’ needs.” The move forms part of Florida’s effort to aid Texas in its efforts to stop the invasion at the southern border.
“States have every right to defend their sovereignty, and we are pleased to increase our support to Texas as the Lone Star State works to stop the invasion across the border,” the Florida governor said in a statement. “Our reinforcements will help Texas to add additional barriers, including razor wire, along the border. We don’t have a country if we don’t have a border.”
Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared an invasion in his state amid a surge in border crossings by illegal aliens. He doubled down on this declaration in recent weeks, most especially after the Supreme Court ruled that U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents are allowed to remove razor-wire state law enforcement has installed at the border. Thankfully, the USBP has refused to comply with the order – and has even helped Texas in border security. (Related: Border Patrol defies Biden’s orders by REFUSING to remove Texas razor wire barriers – and adding MORE.)
DeSantis and several Republican governors have since announced their full support of Abbott’s actions after the TNG appeared to ignore the Supreme Court ruling. The Lone Star State is currently in a battle with the federal government, which has advocated for an open-border policy under President Joe Biden.
Not the first time Florida extended a helping hand
According to The Hill, this is not the first time Florida has sent its forces to the southern border. “Last year, DeSantis announced his state was sending troops and personnel from state agencies to Texas to help ‘defend’ itself at the border. Florida has sent direct law enforcement and military assistance to Texas since 2021, the DeSantis administration noted in the [Feb. 1] announcement,” the outlet reported.
Last May, DeSantis posted on X: “We are proud to help Texas fight Biden’s border crisis.” The post came as a response to Abbott’s earlier remark that said: “FNG service members arrived in Texas over the weekend; thank you to Gov. DeSantis for deploying troops to support our border response. While Biden refuses to secure the border, we’ve stepped up to fill the gaps he created.”
The governor of the Lone Star State said TNG members are assisting in reinforcing areas of the border that otherwise lack a physical barrier. The guardsmen are combating a flow of illegal immigrants that continues to outpace those recorded in the previous two years. Fortunately, several GOP-led states have recently announced efforts to send troops, law enforcement and other resources to help stop the surge at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Earlier in May, the Florida governor announced that the Sunshine State was deploying more than 1,100 resources available to assist. These included 101 officers from the Florida Highway Patrol, 200 officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 800 guardsmen and emergency management personnel. Also included were 17 unmanned drones and 10 vessels, including airboats.
The impacts of Biden’s border crisis are felt by communities across the nation, and the federal government’s abdication of duty undermines the sovereignty of our country and the rule of law,” DeSantis remarked.
“At my direction, state agencies – including law enforcement and the FNG – are being deployed to Texas, with assets including personnel, boats and planes. While Biden ignores the crisis he created, Florida stands ready to help Texas respond to this crisis.”
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Watch this clip of TNG troopers preventing USBP agents from accessing Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, Texas.
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