GOP Governor Approves National Guard Troops for Border

GOP Governor Approves National Guard Troops for Border

( – On Wednesday, May 31, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that his state would be sending National Guard troops to help aid Texas in handling the crisis at the border with Mexico. Many other GOP-led states have also sent resources and troops to help with the southern border.

In a statement, Youngkin claimed that the border crisis has resulted in every state becoming a border state. He added that currently leadership at a federal level has fallen “short” and that the states would be moving forward with trying to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border, and “reduce the flow of fentanyl, combat human trafficking and address the humanitarian crisis.” Youngkin’s reference to fentanyl is particularly important, as the drug has caused the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans and is often created in Mexico.

He proceeded to state that following a briefing from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, there would be 100 troops deployed. Abbott had previously sent a letter to each state requesting assistance in dealing with the immigration crisis, which has been ongoing for three years.

Fox News reported that in FY 2021, there were over 1.7 million encounters, and in FY2022 there were more than 2.3 million encounters. In FY23, there were more than 1.4 million encounters recorded by April.

The number of encounters also increased ahead of the expiration of Title 42 earlier this month, many also feared that another increase would come once the order ended. However, following the end of the order, reports have indicated that the number of encounters has drastically decreased.

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