Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts has had enough of illegal immigrants flooding into his state and he’s about to take major action.
Ricketts plans to send over two dozen Nebraska State Patrol Officers to Del Rio, Texas, to assist officers with the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Nebraska is stepping up to help Texas respond to the ongoing crisis on their border with Mexico,” Ricketts said in a statement.
“The disastrous policies of the Biden-Harris administration created an immigration crisis on the border. While the federal government has fallen short in its response, Nebraska is happy to step up to provide assistance to Texas as they work to protect their communities and keep people safe,” he added.
“Nebraska is responding to a request for assistance from emergency management officials in the State of Texas. The request was made through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which is a partnership of state emergency management agencies,” he said.
“The EMAC request follows the disaster declaration issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on June 1st in response to the emergency situation in many communities along the border,” he said.
“A team of approximately 25 Nebraska State Patrol troopers will travel to Del Rio, Texas later this month where they will partner with the Texas Department of Public Safety to provide law enforcement assistance. The team’s deployment will last no longer than 16 days,” he concluded in his statement.
Last week, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced that Texas will build a border wall along the state’s boundary with Mexico rather than wait for the federal government to actually address the border crisis.
Abbott announced the news while discussing a slew of border initiatives, such as a $1 billion allocation for border security in the state budget lawmakers just passed and a plan to establish a Governor’s Task Force on Border and Homeland Security with public safety and state government officials.
“It will help all of us to work on ways to stem the flow of unlawful immigration and to stem the flow of illegal contraband,” Abbott said.
At the conference, Abbott also announced plans to increase arrests along the border — and increase space inside local jails.
“They don’t want to come across the state of Texas anymore because it’s not what they were expecting,” Abbott said before being met with applause from those at the conference. “It’s not the red carpet that the federal administration rolled out to them.”