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The Tennessee Conservative [By Adelia Kirchner] –
Just yesterday, Gov. Bill Lee authorized the deployment of 100 Tennessee National Guard members down to our southern border where they will provide patrol support, help place barriers, and staff outposts.
Title 42, which allowed U.S. authorities to turn immigrants away at the Mexican border in the name of protecting public health, officially expired on May 11th of this year, resulting in a surge of immigrants.
The Biden administration implemented a new rule in preparation for this surge, that requires immigrants to either apply for asylum online or prove that they previously sought protection in a country they passed through in order to cross the border.
Also, according to this rule any immigrant caught crossing illegally will be prevented from attempting to cross the border for a period of five years for risk of criminal prosecution.
But since a new rule will not magically solve the years-long border crisis, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas met with eight other GOP governors last week to discuss a joint border security plan.
The plan, also known as “Operation Lone Star” is meant to be a collaborative effort of state resources even though the border crisis is still, by many accounts, the federal government’s responsibility.
“America continues to face an unprecedented border crisis that threatens our nation’s security and the safety of Tennesseans,” Gov. Lee said in a statement released by his office, “The federal government owes Americans a plan to secure our country, and in the meantime, states continue to answer this important call to service.”
Both Florida and Idaho have begun sending personnel and resources to the Lone Star state. Tennessee’s troops are set to deploy at the end of this month.
About the Author: Adelia Kirchner is a Tennessee resident and reporter for the Tennessee Conservative. Currently the host of Subtle Rampage Podcast, she has also worked for the South Dakota State Legislature and interned for Senator Bill Hagerty’s Office in Nashville, Tennessee. You can reach Adelia at email@example.com.