DeSantis to Deploy National Guard to Border

( – Floridian Governor Ron DeSantis said he will deploy around 1,000 National Guard officers to the Texas border to help authorities deal with illegal migration. In a press release, Mr. DeSantis said the National Guard deployment is in addition to the 90 officers from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and other agencies already in the Lone Star State.

“Our reinforcements will help Texas to add additional barriers, including razor wire along the border. We don’t have a country if we don’t have a border,” Governor DeSantis said.

Florida is one of a growing number of states to offer support to Texas, which has faced the brunt of America’s open border. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee gave his state’s backing to Texan Governor Greg Abbott, saying President Biden and the federal government had failed in their basic duty to keep the United States safe. “Tennessee has always stood with Texas, and we always will,” Mr. Lee said.

A total of 25 states have expressed support for Texas in its row with the White House, including Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Wyoming. While Governor Abbott has long blamed the federal government for the migrant crisis, the row deepened recently when the US Supreme Court ordered Texas to remove razor wire along the Rio Grande, but Texas responded by putting more wire up.

In a bizarre twist, a Russian lawmaker offered his country’s help to turn Texas into an independent nation and fracture the United States. Sergey Mironov, a member of the Russian legislature, tweeted that he is “on the side” of Texas because it doesn’t interfere with affairs in other countries.

The Texas Nationalist Movement, which campaigns for an independent state, was forced to deny any Russian involvement in its cause, which has gained ground in recent years. The Lone Star State was once an independent republic but became part of the USA in 1845. In 2022 and 2023, campaigners and former lawmakers called for an independence referendum.

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