The Republican governor of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts, wants to send about two dozen state troopers to Texas later this month to patrol the country’s border with Mexico in dealing with rising amounts of illegal immigration.
More than a dozen Nebraska State Patrol officers will travel about 900 miles south later this month to Del Rio, Texas, to assist Texas Department of Public Safety officers for about 16 days, according to Ricketts.
Ricketts has slammed the Biden administration’s approach to border security and several other policies. In recent weeks, Ricketts has been giving speeches across the state criticizing President Joe Biden’s conservation plan, which calls for preserving 30% of the nation’s land and water by 2030, reports the Washington Examiner.
“Nebraska is stepping up to help Texas respond to the ongoing crisis on their border with Mexico,” Ricketts said in a statement. “The disastrous policies of the Biden-Harris Administration created an immigration crisis on the border. While the federal government has fallen short in its response, Nebraska is happy to step up to provide assistance to Texas as they work to protect their communities and keep people safe.”
Republicans have stressed border security, and many supported former President Donald Trump’s plan to construct walls along the almost 2000-mile (3,220-kilometer) border between the U.S and Mexico. The Biden administration has subsequently halted the project.
The action comes just over a week after Texas, and Arizona Republican governors Greg Abbott and Doug Ducey requested the other 48 states to consider sending their police to assist overburdened local and federal departments.
Drug smugglers and illegal immigrants with criminal records are threats, the governors warned in a letter released earlier this month, “Given the staggering number of violations now occurring in Texas and Arizona, additional manpower is needed from any state that can spare it. With your help, we can apprehend more of these perpetrators of state and federal crimes, before they can cause problems in your state.”
According to Abbott and Ducey, out-of-state law enforcement officers and their own will have expanded police powers. They will be able to arrest noncitizens who cross the border on trespassing and human smuggling charges.
Normally, only federal authorities such as the Border Patrol have the authority to make arrests for immigration violations, but the two governors broadened their arrest powers by proclaiming a disaster and emergency.
Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, stated last week that the state would send police to Texas.