Gov. Mike Parson has signed into law a bill that would fund over $2.2 million this budget year to help with illegal crossings and smuggling at the southern border. The extra spending bill is designed to support Operation Lone Star.

During today’s bill signing at the southern border in Texas, Parson said the proposal is to protect the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I think the important takeaway, for folks back home in Missouri, is to realize the battle that we’re fighting down here at the border is keeping it from happening in our own borders, in our own state in Missouri,” he said.

Parson ordered about 200 National Guard members and up to 22 Highway Patrol troopers to the U.S.-Mexico border.

While signing House Bill 2016 into law, Parson called out President Joe Biden for “allowing” fentanyl, drugs, criminals, and suspected terrorists to cross into the United States.

“The reason we are down here is a total failure of the Biden Administration for what they’ve done and why we’re here today trying to protect everyday citizens back home,” he said.

When the governor announced the state deployment earlier this year, Missouri had about 250 National Guard members there under federal orders by the Biden Administration.

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