Nebraska Gov; Jim Pillen announced Wednesday, May 24 that 10 state troopers will deploy to the Texas border, effective immediately, in response to a request from the state of Texas.

Pillen has promised to back Texas and Gov. Greg Abbott in protecting the southern border from illegal immigrants and dangerous drugs, Pillen said in the announcement.

Texas asked for help and accepted Nebraska’s offer, which was made through an Emergency Management Assistance Compact, by which member states provide resources and assistance in times of emergency.  

“Our nation has a serious and unchecked threat on its hands following President Biden’s decision to end Title 42,” Pillen said. “Nebraska is committed to using every tool in its tool box to help stop the influx of illegal immigration at our southern border. Illegal immigration hurts our nation’s security, undermines the rule of law, and threatens the well-being of our state.”

Pillen visited Texas on May 22, meeting with Abbott and other Republican governors to talk about the needs and how the states can help. 

The troopers who volunteered from Nebraska are experienced drone operators and will be gone for two weeks, Pillen said. 

“Our team is eager to join troopers from several other states answering Texas’ call for assistance,” said Col. John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.

On May 12, Abbott renewed a state disaster declaration he issued in May 2021, noting that the “surge of individuals unlawfully crossing the Texas-Mexico border posed an ongoing and imminent threat of disaster for a number of Texas counties and all state agencies affected by this disaster…”

On May 16, Abbott sent a letter to fellow governors requesting support through the EMAC. In addition to Nebraska, Idaho and Florida and Tennessee also responded.  

Nebraska will not be reimbursed for the costs of the trip. The cost will be paid from the existing Nebraska State Patrol budget, Pillen said in the announcement. 

To help protect the border, Abbott and the state of Texas initiated Operation Lone Star in March 2021, and it has led to more than 377,000 illegal immigrant apprehensions, more than 28,000 criminal arrests, and more than 26,000 felony charges, Abbott’s office has said. Also, Texas law enforcement agencies have seized more than 417 million lethal doses of fentanyl during the operation.

In early May, President Joe Biden’s issued a new border policy that requires migrants to request refugee status in another country, such as Mexico, before they can be apply for refugee status in the U.S.

That new policy dramatically reduced the number of immigrants at the southern border asking for refugee status, but there are still 4,000-5,000 encounters at the border a day, Abbott’s office has said.

Texas has bused more than 9,500 migrants to the nation’s capital since April 2022, more than 7,000 migrants to New York City since Aug. 5, more than 2,000 to Chicago since Aug. 31, more than 1,100 migrants to Philadelphia since Nov. 15, and 40 migrants to Denver since May 18, to help diffuse the congestion, he said.

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