The governor of South Dakota announced Tuesday her intent to deploy state National Guard troops to Texas to assist in securing the U.S.-Mexico border from illegal entrants, according to a press release.
Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, said her decision is in response to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's request for more assistance to help police the border. A private donation will fund an initial deployment of up to 50 troops to Texas for between 30-60 days, the press release said.
“The border is a national security crisis that requires the kind of sustained response only the National Guard can provide," Noem said. "We should not be making our own communities less safe by sending our police or Highway Patrol to fix a long-term problem President Biden’s Administration seems unable or unwilling to solve. My message to Texas is this: help is on the way.”
Earlier this month, Abbott and Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona sent a joint letter to governors of the remaining states to ask for supplemental law enforcement to help arrest those illegally crossing the border. The Biden administration "has proven unwilling or unable to do the job," the Republican governors wrote.
Sending National Guard soldiers from one state to another for ideological aims raises tremendous concerns, among them the supremacy of the federal government, which we tangled with, oh, some 160 years ago. One tweeter asks "Now that corporations can rent the National Guard, will private companies now be able to fund the National Guard to be used as strike breakers against unions?"
I'm guessing he realizes the answer is "yes." In a larger sense:
Abbott blocks reporters from a public event, Noem accepts private funds to pay for deploying the National Guard, the Arizona GOP conducts a privately-funded and managed "election audit." The GOP isn't a party competing in a republic. It's a party seeking to undermine a republic.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 30, 2021
File that under Robert Zimmerman's "you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."