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Oklahoma Governor Answers the Call to Support Texas Governor and the Border Crisis

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On June 1, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt answered the call from fellow Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Last month, Governor Abbott sent out a request asking for assistance from governors to help him with the crisis along the Texas-Mexico border.

For the past two years, Governor Abbott started Operation Lone Star to stop illegal immigrants from crossing the border and prevent the flow of the deadly drug fentanyl to reach America’s homes.

So far, Governor Abbott has seen an overwhelming response from Republican governors. On May 16, 24 Republican governors sent a letter in support of the Texas governor and his fight on the border. Shortly after, Governor Abbott hosted 10 governors in Austin, Texas on the border crisis. Of those, many have voiced support and several have sent military or law enforcement support and equipment.

On June 1, Governor Stitt committed to formally supporting Abbott.

Governor Stitt said:

"As Governor, the decision to deploy members of the National Guard is not one I take lightly and, as the parent of a deployed soldier, I am acutely aware of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our National Guard and their families during deployment. However, I believe it is in the best interest of Oklahoma and the nation to take decisive action to address the federal government's utter failure to secure our southern border.”
"Republican governors continue to step up to the plate when President Biden refuses to lead; and by deploying our brave National Guard Troops, we're sending a strong message that we remain dedicated to defending our borders and upholding law and order in our nation."
Governor Stitt tweet on sending support to TexasPhoto byTwitter

Oklahoma is sending the largest group in response to Governor Abbott’s request. Governor Stitt is sending 1,305 National Guardsmen and 231 law enforcement personnel.

No date has been publicized as of this time but it is likely the personnel will deploy to Texas in a month or two.

Oklahoma is joining other Republican governors who made the decision this week to support Texas including West Virginia, South Carolina, and Iowa.

Do you think Governor Stitt is doing the right thing?

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