Missouri Governor Mike Parson will travel to Texas this weekend to visit the US/Mexico border.
He’s scheduled to attend a briefing in Eagle Pass on Sunday with 14 other Republican governors on Operation Lone Star. The operation is being conducted to block illegal border crossings by using Texas National Guard troops and physical barriers, including razor wire and buoys in the Rio Grande. The Biden Administration has ordered Texas to remove the barriers, saying they’re also blocking federal border patrol agents from being able to reach the border.
U.S. Senator Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, said he’s happy that Parson’s making the trip.
“We need somebody to address the border because clearly Joe Biden is not going to do it,” Hawley told Missourinet. “(Pres. Biden) could close the border tomorrow if he wanted to, and I call on him again to do it. We’ve got more drugs pouring into Missouri than we can keep count of. We’ve got kids who are dying from fentanyl overdoses that’s coming across the southern border.”
When asked if Missouri National Guard troops should be deployed to help the Texas Guard with border security, Hawley said he’d leave that to Governor Parson.
“I’m sure he’ll make a good decision there and he knows the state of play,” he said. “I’ll just say that for my part I’ve introduced legislation that would allow the states to enforce federal law at the border if the Feds aren’t going to do it.”
Other Republican governors have sent or are planning to send some of their national guard troops to help the Texas Guard to reduce illegal border crossings at Eagle Pass. They include Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
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