On Friday, July 2, Ohio deployed 185 members of its Army National Guard troops to the U.S.–Mexico border to assist with the increased stress of the massive flow of illegal border crossers, becoming the sixth state to do so.
Before Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH) announced the assistance last week, South Dakota, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, and Arkansas had already responded to the request for reinforcements from the Department of Homeland Security and National Guard Bureau. GOP governors lead all six states.
Overwhelmed by the intensified load of asylum seekers at the border, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, both Republicans, on June 10, called for law enforcement back-up from every state. They also asked for assistance in apprehending migrants who had entered the border illegally.
The 185 Ohio National Guard soldiers will join the 3,000 troops currently stationed along the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
Not everyone was appreciative of the efforts to secure the border by the Republican governors. On Independence Day, a major Hispanic group sent a letter to president Joe Biden calling for him to block the dispatch of the National Guard and law enforcement to the border, saying their unilateral move was rebellious.
“We told the president in no uncertain terms, this is an insurrection by recalcitrant and rebellious states that must be stopped,” said Domingo Garcia, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), according to the Washington Times.
“We are being invaded by governors of the defeated Confederacy to arm the border against brown women and children escaping political persecution, hunger, and death,” he added, saying that the Republican members’ stern stance in restricting border policies was “fomenting dangerous racial hatred targeting Latinos.”
The drivers behind the restrictions, as Texas governor Greg Abbott has been updating, were due to the increased crimes associated with the illegal border crossers.
“Cartels are ramping up trafficking and smuggling along the border and overwhelming border patrol resources–a strategy of the organizations to bring more dangerous elements across the border including violent criminals, contraband, and individuals from special interest countries,” his office said in March.
The uncontrollable number of illegal migrants has been exposing the state to more deadly drugs, insisted Abbott.
“Lives are at stake as dangerous drugs like fentanyl pour into our communities at an astonishing rate, and we must act now to crack down on this proliferation of this deadly drug,” he said in a May press release.
“From Tarrant County to Lubbock County, fentanyl is wreaking havoc in our communities, and it is essential for parents, family members, schools, and more to get fully engaged to prevent future fentanyl deaths. President Biden’s open border policies have led to a surge in this deadly drug coming into our communities.”
Despite the desperate calls, the Biden administration has never looked objectively at the growing crisis at the border.