Gov. Lee sends TN National Guard troops to southern border

TENNESSEE (WDEF) — Governor Bill Lee authorized the deployment of 100 Tennessee National Guard troops to the U.S. Southern border on Thursday.

This is while a national security crisis and surging drug crisis is happening due to the open border, his office said.

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TN Gov. Lee to send troops to border, (MGN)

On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott invited other states to support their efforts at the border.

It’s called ‘Operation Lone Star,’ and it’s goal is to secure the southern border.

The influx started when Title 42 ended, near the beginning of May.

The Tennessee National Guard will deploy troops at the end of the month.

These members will provide the following types of support:

  • Patrolling and providing additional security presence along the border,
  • Assisting road and route clearance, barrier placement and debris removal,
  • Staffing outpost operations.

“America continues to face an unprecedented border crisis that threatens our nation’s security and the safety of Tennesseans,” said Gov. Lee. “The federal government owes Americans a plan to secure our country, and in the meantime, states continue to answer this important call to service. I am again authorizing the Tennessee National Guard to help secure the Southern border, and I commend these troops for providing critical support.”

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