“Enough is enough.” That’s what Gov. Mike Parson said while announcing today that Missouri is sending about 200 National Guard members and up to 22 State Highway Patrol troopers to the U.S.-Mexico border.

This new deployment is in addition to the roughly 250 Missouri National Guard members who are already there on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Parson, who visited the border about two weeks ago, said there’s “complete and utter chaos” at the border.

“When I go down there and all of a sudden you see firsthand what it’s taken that one state to protect the rest of us, I feel an obligation to try to do our part to help,” said Parson.

Parson blamed President Joe Biden’s administration for the wave of immigrants coming to America. Illegal border crossings have been happening for years and Biden has been in office for three years. Why is Parson deploying Missourians now?

“Nothing compared to what we’re seeing right now,” said Parson. “I mean, the illegal crossings you’re talking about years and years ago through Democrat and Republican Presidents doesn’t compare to what we’ve seen in this administration. Not even close. I think one, I wanted to go down here. If I want to send troops down there, I’m gonna send patrol down there, I think it’s my job to go down there to make sure we’re doing the right thing.”

For years, Congress has failed to pass an overhaul on the country’s immigration policies.

Parson said the mission will help to prevent illegal border crossings, the smuggling of drugs, and homeland security.

“Some 170 individuals on the terror watch list have been apprehended at the border, and that’s just the ones we know of that got caught,” said Parson.

Parson issued an executive order to activate guard members on a rotating basis of roughly 30 days over about a 90-day period. Starting March 1, troopers will be on the ground, and National Guard personnel will follow on March 10.

National Guard members will mainly assist in the construction of physical barriers and with security patrols as needed. Troopers will work to support traffic enforcement and crime prevention.

The governor is asking the legislature for $2.3 million in state funding to support the mission.

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