To help with border security between the United States and Mexico, Texas will receive more than 1,100 National Guard soldiers and law enforcement personnel, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday.
The Republican governor announced that he would send 801 state troopers, 20 wildlife officers, 200 Florida Department of Law Enforcement personnel, and 800 soldiers.
A news statement states that Florida will also deploy ten boats, five boats, 17 drones, two command vehicles, and five planes.
Since the expiration of the pandemic-era asylum restrictions last week, state and federal officials have expressed worry about a potential spike in border crossings.
DeSantis said, “At my direction, state agencies, including law enforcement and the Florida National Guard, are deploying to Texas with assets including personnel, boats, and planes.”
In response to requests for assistance from the governors of Texas and Arizona, DeSantis previously dispatched support to the U.S. southern border in both states in 2021.
DeSantis has prioritized immigration during his tenure as governor and will soon declare his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election.
A comprehensive immigration package DeSantis signed into law last week strengthens his migrant relocation program and restricts social benefits for people without permanent legal status.