As the border crisis continues, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is directing the Arkansas National Guard to deploy troops to the southern border. 

Huckabee announced on Thursday that she will be sending about 80 guardsmen to help Texas with surveillance and reconnaissance abilities to provide increased detection and tracking. 

Sanders said in a press release that due to President Joe Biden’s failure to secure the border, states like Arkansas need to step up to provide assistance. 

“President Biden’s failure at our southern border puts the entire country at risk. States must now step up where the President has failed to repel illegals, fight the cartels, and stop human and drug trafficking,” Sanders said. “Arkansans have always been quick to step up when others are in need – this time is no different.”

The move comes after the Biden administration decided to end Title 42, a public health order created under the Trump administration that allowed customs officials to send illegal aliens from “COVID-19 impacted” areas back across the border without processing them through the federal court system.

Biden has also implemented a new policy at the expiration of Title 42, which allows illegal aliens to be released into the country through the means of a humanitarian parole if U.S. Customs and Border Protection faces overcrowding. Rather than giving the illegal aliens court dates, the new policy would allow them to provide mailing addresses and promise to appear at an ICE facility within 60 days to ask for a court date.

Attorney General Ken Paxton, before his impeachment, filed a motion to challenge the new policy, but there are no updates on it yet.

Indeed, already in Fiscal Year 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have reported encountering 1.4 million illegal aliens at the southern border, almost surpassing FY 2021 encounters. 

The announcement comes after states like Idaho and Florida announced they will deploy troops to the southern border after Gov. Greg Abbott requested border assistance. 

Other states like Mississippi, Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, Virginia, South Carolina, and West Virginia have also pledged to send troops.

Border security advocates have warned, however, that unless troops are empowered to repel illegal aliens from invading, illegal border crossings will continue to rise.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.