These Four States are Sending Law Enforcement to the Mexico Border Amid Surge in Migration

Amid the surge in migration at the U.S.-Mexico border, at least four states have recently pledged to send their own law enforcement officers to assist at the border.

Florida became the latest state to join the effort, announcing Friday it would send 50 police officers to Texas. Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement that "America's border security crisis impacts every state and every American."

Republican leaders in Idaho, Iowa and Nebraska have also said they will send officers to assist border officials amid a surge in migration. There were 180,034 border crossings in May, the largest number in two decades, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said the state will send about 25 troopers to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety for up to 16 days.

Iowa is expected to send 25 to 30 officers to Texas for about two weeks. Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement that they were sending support as the "the rise in drugs, human trafficking and violent crime has become unsustainable."

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced earlier this month the state would assist Texas and Arizona in enforcing their borders with Mexico, but didn't provide details on how many officers would be allocated to the mission.

"The state of Idaho proudly stands with our fellow Americans along the United States-Mexico border and will do what we can to protect the American people — Idahoans —against the damaging consequences of the inaction of the Biden-Harris administration," Little said in a press release.

States Sending Law Enforcement to the Border
Governors across the country are sending law enforcement to assist Texas and Arizona authorities along the southern border. In this photo, an asylum seeker from Colombia injects insulin after he turned himself in to US Border Patrol agents on May 13, 2021 in Yuma, Arizona. Apu Gomes/Getty Images

Arizona and Texas sent a joint letter to the governors of all 48 other states on June 10 asking them to send additional law enforcement personnel and resources to help enforce their southern borders.

Both states have already deployed members of their National Guards to assist them, but said more help was needed to respond to the surge in migration and "the accompanying threats to private property and to the safety of our citizens."

"Given the staggering number of violations now occurring in Texas and Arizona, additional manpower is needed from any state that can spare it," the letter read.

South Carolina has reportedly sent 300 troops to the southern border, according to the Post Courier. Gov. Henry McMaster originally sent the troops under former President Donald Trump's administration to assist understaffed federal law enforcement.

Newsweek reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for comment on states sending their own officers to the southern border but didn't receive a response before publication.