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Virginia Governor Youngkin Sends 100 Military Personnel to Support Texas Border Crisis

Governor Youngkin at the VMI graduationPhoto byTwitter

Two weeks ago, Texas Governor Abbott called for support from fellow governors on the border crisis. Since then, he has received a positive response from other Republican governors. In fact, 24 governors signed their support on the current migrant and fentanyl crisis.

After Florida Governor and presidential candidate Ron DeSantis, Nebraska Governor Jim Pillan, Idaho Governor Brad Little, and others answered the call to support Abbott, now Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said he was supporting the border crisis.

Youngkin has been vocal about the crisis for some time. Last year he said every state was a border state as Title 42 was about to be lifted in December.

Youngkin said on Fox News:

"It's beyond belief that we're having to appeal to our Supreme Court to do something that the Biden administration should have already done or we should get Congress to do."
"[If] Title 42 goes away, they're expecting there to be 5 million people a year to come across the border in 20 months. That's an entire state of Virginia coming across the border. It's unbelievable."

After Governor Abbott made his request, Youngkin is providing support. He is sending 100 troops to support the mission.

Governor Youngkin issued an executive order on May 31 and said:

“The ongoing border crisis facing our nation has turned every state into a border state. 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.
Following a briefing from Governor Abbott last week, Virginia is joining other states to deliver on his request for additional assistance. Given the intensive resource demands on Texas, the dangers posed by the fentanyl crisis, and impact of the border crisis on criminal activity to the Commonwealth, Virginia will do its part to assist the State of Texas’ efforts with the coordinated deployment of Virginia National Guard soldiers to assist in key aspects of their mission.”

The border mission is a mission that Congress needs to support but so far they have done little other than visit the Texas and Arizona borders.

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