(PatriotWise.com) — On Monday, Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen announced that he is deploying troops from the Nebraska Army National Guard to the southern border to support Operation Lone Star, Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s effort to address the border crisis, Newsmax reported.
In a press release announcing the move, Governor Pillen said the effort is “critical” to both Nebraska and other US states. He argued that the US must “maintain the safety” of the American people while stemming the “influx” of criminals, weapons, and drugs across the border.
The state deployed around 60 Nebraska Guard troops on Tuesday that will remain at the border until early September to provide “additional observation and reporting” while assisting the agencies responsible for security and law enforcement.
According to Governor Pillen, Republican governors were briefed by Governor Abbott on Operation Lone Star and the current situation at the border.
So far, nearly 400,000 illegals have been apprehended as part of Operation Loan Star. Additionally, there have been over 31,000 criminal arrests resulting in over 29,000 felony charges. Officials have also seized 422 million doses of fentanyl.
In his statement, Governor Pillen blasted the Biden administration, saying the president’s ineffective border policies have required states to “join together” to “manage this issue.” He warned that failing to do so would open the door “to threats that we can’t fully recognize.”
Nebraska Guard Adjutant Gen. Craig Strong said in the press release that the Nebraska Guard is “always ready to respond” when Americans need assistance, whether it be in Nebraska, overseas, or at the country’s borders.
Operation Lone Star was launched in March 2021 to close the “dangerous gaps created” when the Biden administration refused to secure the southern border.
Among the initiatives taken was the installation of floating barriers in the Rio Grande River. In late July, the Biden Justice Department sued Texas over the barriers, arguing that they violate the federal law that governs structures in navigable waters.
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