(Indianapolis, IN) - The Indiana National Guard is being deployed to help support the border security mission in Texas.
According to a news release from Governor Eric Holcomb’s office, 50 guardsmen from Indiana will be sent to the southern border to support the Texas National Guard on a border security mission.
The release said the guardsmen will begin mobilizing “immediately” and are expected to arrive in Texas in mid-March.
“Federal negligence enforcing immigration law and the failure to secure our country’s border jeopardizes national and economic security, affecting every state, including Indiana,” Holcomb said in a Friday morning social media post.
“We’ve worked too hard in Indiana attacking the drug epidemic for more Hoosier lives to be put at risk by a constant supply of killer drugs spilled over an open U.S. border. To resolve, we need to stop the historically high flow of illegal immigrants crossing the border,” he said.
This comes after Holcomb recently joined 13 other governors at the southern border for a detailed briefing from the front lines.
The release said that the Indiana National Guard has deployed 300 members in various federal missions at the border.
“Whatever the mission – whether it’s supporting a Hoosier community in the face of natural disaster, standing with our allies or against our adversaries overseas, or protecting the border – the soldiers and airmen of the Indiana National Guard are uniquely trained, equipped, and capable of mobilizing whenever and wherever we’re called,” said Major General Dale Lyles, the adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard in the release.
“We stand ready to support the Texas National Guard in securing the southern border.”