South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is joining her Republican counterparts in Florida, Iowa and Nebraska in sending resources to the southern border to help Texas Governor Greg Abbott deal with what he calls a “crisis on the border” regarding illegal crossings.
Noem announced the move to send several dozen members of the state’s National guard for a deployment of up to 60 days to the Texas border. Exact details of the mission are not yet known, but Noem’s statement announcing the move made it clear this was part of the concerted effort to attack the Biden Administration over what Republicans view is a failure to address the situation at the border
“The Biden Administration has failed in the most basic duty of the federal government: keeping the American people safe. The border is a national security crisis that requires the kind of sustained response only the National Guard can provide. We should not be making our own communities less safe by sending our police or Highway Patrol to fix a long-term problem President Biden’s Administration seems unable or unwilling to solve. My message to Texas is this: help is on the way.”
While many question the usefulness of sending 50 National Guardsmen to cover a border that is 1200 miles long, others are sounding the alarm over how the deployment is being paid for. Axios reports that a private donation from a billionaire Republican Party supporter will cover the tab for sending the troops to Texas.
The use of private donations for the deployment of the National Guard has some people questioning if this crosses a line.