Noem pays visit to U.S. – Mexico border, says deployment may be extended

MCALLEN, Texas — Governor Kristi Noem along the southern border in Texas Monday getting an up-close look at the immigration surge.

Noem spent much of the day visiting with about 50 National Guard troops who volunteered for deployment a few weeks ago at the request of the Texas governor.

After her tour of the border, Noem said there’s a chance the 30-day deployment will be extended.

“That’s the interesting thing…I believe Texas would like them to stay longer. Border patrol indicated they needed their help. I’ll go home and evaluate that in the next day or two. And I think I would have been more skeptical about a longer term commitment until I saw what I saw today. What I saw today was people who are overwhelmed and they know that the situation is only going to get worse,” Gov. Noem said.

Noem sent the Guard to aid Texas’ push to arrest people crossing the border illegally.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem visited 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)

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s whirlwind tour of the U.S. border with Mexico on Monday was filled with climbing into military vehicles, visiting with troops and positioning herself as tough on an issue that’s sure to loom large in 2024 presidential debates.

The Republican governor flew to McAllen, Texas, to check in with the roughly 50 National Guard members who volunteered for a 30-day deployment. She heard how troops have encountered many children crossing and are eager to be stationed where even more people cross the border each night.

Large numbers of migrants have been showing up at the U.S. border with Mexico, with many turning themselves over to U.S. Border Patrol agents in seeking legal asylum status. U.S. officials reported this month that they had encountered 55,805 members of families with children in June, up 25% from the previous month. That figure still remains far below the high of 88,587 in May 2019.

Noem sent the Guard to aid Texas’ push to arrest people crossing the border illegally.

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