Following last week’s expiration of Title 42, Gov. Tate Reeves has announced that Mississippi is deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
In a tweet sent out by the Republican governor Wednesday afternoon, Reeves said the decision to mobilize came as levels of migration at the southern border have reached historic highs under President Joe Biden.
“Drugs and illegal aliens are invading our country thanks to the Biden Administration’s unwillingness to put public safety over politics,” Reeves wrote. “Every state has become a border state, and every day we’re seeing the terrible impact of this humanitarian and national security crisis.”
“What happens at the border doesn’t stay there,” Reeves continued. “Drugs and people are trafficked to every state in the nation – including Mississippi. To keep Mississippians safe and limit the impact of our nation’s open borders, the Mississippi National Guard’s 112th Military Police Battalion has been mobilized and is supporting Customs and Border Protection officers and agents along the Southwest border.”
The recent expiration of Title 42 pandemic emergency rules consequently allows all migrants and asylum-seekers who reach American soil to be processed under Title 8, which means anyone who says they are fleeing from danger is given an initial interview.
Reeves joins other governors – including Florida’s Ron DeSantis and Texas’ Greg Abbott – in his decision to send service members to the southern border with hopes of putting a stop to illegal immigration.
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