Gov. Noem says National Guard troops to return from border

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says the National Guard troops that she deployed to the U.S. border with Mexico will return later this month.

Kristi Noem

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem visits the U.S. border with Mexico on Monday, July 26, 2021, near McAllen, Texas. The Republican governor deployed roughly 50 National Guard troops to help with Texas’ push to arrest people crossing illegally and charge them with state crimes. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

The Republican governor deployed 48 National Guard troops to Texas in July. The deployment came in response to a request from Texas and Arizona to send law enforcement officers under an agreement between states to assist during emergencies.

Noem says the soldiers encountered more than 6,000 people crossing the border in the month and a half they were stationed there.

“I want to thank our dedicated troops with the South Dakota National Guard who have served honorably in this deployment to the Mexican Border. Our troops delivered on their mission, providing boots on the ground to supplement the efforts of Texas state troopers, National Guard, and Customs and Border Patrol agents. They directly assisted in stopping human trafficking and drug smuggling into our nation.” said Noem.

U.S. authorities stopped migrants about 210,000 times at the border in July, the highest number in more than 20 years.

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