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DeSantis sends more Florida National and State Guard to Texas border

Soldiers will join FHP, FWC and FDLE officers already at southern border

By STAFF REPORT - | Feb 1, 2024

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday members of the Florida National Guard and Florida State Guard will be deployed to “assist Texas in its efforts to stop the invasion at the southern border.”

Florida is offering approximately 1,000 National Guard soldiers to Texas, who will be deployed based on Texas’ needs.

The deployments are in addition to the more than 90 officers from the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that the governor has already deployed at the border.

Officials said “additional law enforcement resources are standing by and ready to deploy as requested by Texas state officials.”

According to Customs and Border Protection, data in December showed that more than 302,000 illegal immigrants attempted to cross the southern border.

“States have every right to defend their sovereignty and we are pleased to increase our support to Texas as the Lone Star State works to stop the invasion across the border,” DeSantis said. “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.”

The statement included rhetoric the two-term governor used on the campaign trail when he was running for president. DeSantis suspended his campaign on Jan. 21.

“The Florida State Guard is prepared to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with state agency partners in direct support of our brothers and sisters in Texas grappling with an unprecedented surge of illegal immigration along their border,” said Florida State Guard Director Mark Thieme. “The Florida State Guard is postured to deliver rapid emergency response, public safety operations and humanitarian assistance — wherever the need arises.”

In fiscal year 2023, CBP recorded 2,063,692 encounters on the southern border with a person who is not lawfully in the U.S. which is actually down from 2022’s recorded total of 2,214,652.

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