The Volunteer State is assisting Operation Lone Star by sending at least 100 Tenessee National Guard troops to the southern border, Gov. Bill Lee (R) announced Thursday.“America continues to face an unprecedented border crisis that threatens our nation’s security and the safety of Tennesseans,” said Lee in a statement.
“The federal government owes Americans a plan to secure our country, and in the meantime, states continue to answer this important call to service. I am again authorizing the Tennessee National Guard to help secure the Southern border, and I commend these troops for providing critical support,” he added.
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The troops will be helping with patrolling the border, staffing outpost operations, assisting road clearance, removing debris, helping with barrier placements, and providing additional security.However, Tennessee isn’t the first Southern state to deploy state troops to help secure the border. Others such as Mississippi have joined in the fight to protect the border following the Biden administration dropping Title 42.
In a joint release by 24 Republican governors, including Lee, they vowed to keep the border safe while the Biden administration is failing to do so.
“While the federal government has abdicated its duties, Republican governors stand ready to protect the U.S.-Mexico border and keep families safe,” the governors said.