Virginia and West Virginia send National Guard troops to Southern Border

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Samuel Case, FISM News 

Two more Republican Governors are sending National Guard troops to assist Texas Governor Greg Abbott with the crisis at the southern border.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin will deploy 100 troops to help secure the border and stem the flow of fentanyl into the United States, which according to a press release, kills an average of five Virginians per day.

“The ongoing border crisis facing our nation has turned every state into a border state,” said Gov. Youngkin. “As leadership solutions at the federal level fall short, states are answering the call to secure our southern border, reduce the flow of fentanyl, combat human trafficking, and address the humanitarian crisis.

Meanwhile, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice will send up to 50 troops and airmen this August “for up to 30 days to support Operation Lone Star as a part of an Emergency Management Assistance Compact from Texas.”

“In response to a letter requesting aid from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, I have approved the deployment of members of the West Virginia National Guard to help secure our border, reduce the flood of fentanyl, and combat the human trafficking crisis,” said Gov. Justice. “Several governors are doing this because the situation on our Southern Border is terrible, and I want to make sure we’re doing our part.” 

Gov. Abbott sent letters earlier this month to every governor in the nation urging them to support his state’s border security efforts. 

“In the federal government’s absence, we, as Governors, must band together to combat President Biden’s ongoing border crisis and ensure the safety and security that all Americans deserve,” Abbott wrote. 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis were among the first to send law enforcement to Texas.