Gov. Mike Parson has returned from the U.S.-Mexico border, where he stood with 24 other Republican governors on Sunday to show support for Texas on its efforts to block illegal border crossings.

The governor said the president and “what’s going on in Washington, D.C., is not going to secure the border at this point.”

“We will start the process of working with the Operation Lone Star to be able to put boots on the ground and be able to help even more than what we already have. We currently have National Guard members in Texas but we are currently going to do more,” said Parson.

Parson said a strong southern border leads to a stronger Missouri.

“When you come down here and see this border firsthand, you would realize every day what everybody’s going through down here, law enforcement and what’s happening with dealing with the cartel, all the things that we’re hearing about on the news. I’m telling you, every state needs to step up and make sure we’re doing the right thing by enforcing the laws,” said Parson.

The move by the GOP governors follows the U.S. Supreme Court siding last month with the Biden Administration and ordering the removal of razor wire along the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas installed the wire to block people from illegally entering the U.S.

Meanwhile, the U.S. House and Senate are at odds over proposed changes to immigration policy. Former President Donald Trump opposes virtually any deal that President Joe Biden could claim as a victory, leading many Trump allies to reject proposed changes. Two Republican members of Missouri’s congressional delegation, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley and U.S. Rep. Mark Alford, released statements on Sunday saying they would vote “no” on the proposal.

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