Earlier this summer, the Defense Department requested 2,500 National Guard personnel from the states to assist federal law enforcement in uncovering narcotics and people smuggling organizations. States with Republican and Democratic governors alike have endorsed the goal of border security.
Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, and South Carolina are among the states that have so far sent troops.
Moreover, the U.S. Seven states, including Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington, as well as the Virgin Islands, consented to deploy aviation help.
Quote: “The US Department of Homeland Security reports that the Mexican cartels’ income from smuggling illegal migrants into America has soared from $500 million in 2018 to $13 billion this year — up 2,500%.” https://t.co/hAFnT0s5dB— Brit Hume (@brithume) October 8, 2022
The policy reaction from the DoD appears to indicate that they believe it may be time to regard “the surge” as an invasion, despite attempts by the progressive-friendly media to stop using the word “invasion” when reporting on the border situation. This is especially true when taking into account the usage of air cover from states that are consistently blue.
The Oregon Army National Guard consented to dispatch UH-72A Lakota helicopters and crews to assist the United States. The Border Patrol is in charge of detaining foreign nationals who try to enter the country illegally.
Tom Homan, a senior fellow at the Immigration Reform Law Institute and a former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, wrote in August that Biden “owns the crisis” because he “effectively threw open the border doors” through policy and a general dismantling of Trump’s border response. The fact that unlawful border crossers reasonably believe they can stay if they succeed complicates matters.