Noem took a whack at the Biden administration as part of the rollout.
“The Biden Administration has failed,” 彼女は言いました, adding that the “border is a national security crisis that requires the kind of sustained response only the National Guard can provide.”
Noem funded the operation, according to her spokesman Ian Fury, through a private donation made by Willis and Reba Johnson’s Foundation. The Johnsons are longtime Republican donors who founded Copart, an online used car dealer.
Fury said the donation was made directly to the state and that Noem “welcomes any such donations to help alleviate the cost to South Dakota taxpayers.”
The South Dakota governor joined a number of other Republican executives to send law enforcement officials to the border, including a potential fellow 2024 presidential contender.
フロリダ州政府. Ron DeSantis announced last week that he would deploy state and local law enforcement officers to Texas and Arizona “in response to the border crisis.” デサンティス, who is seen as a possible 2024 contender, took a shot at Biden while doing it: “Where the federal government has failed, the states are stepping up into doing our best to fill the void.”
アーカンソー州政府. Asa Hutchinson also on Tuesday authorized a 90-day deployment for up to
40 national guard troops in order to
“reduce the adverse impact of illegal immigration on Arkansas.
” 先週, Iowa Gov
. Kim Reynolds authorized national guard troops head to the border earlier this month because
, 彼女は言いました, the state
“has no choice but to act.
” And earlier this month
, ネブラスカ州政府. Pete Ricketts announced his state was
” and deploying state patrol troopers to the border
, while Idaho Gov
. ブラッド・リトル announced that the state would help but was
“evaluating our resources
” to determine what it could provide
How effective these state law enforcement officials will be is an open question.
The enforcement of immigration law falls on federal authorities. While the federal government has partnered with states and localities in some cases, local law enforcement is generally limited in how it can assist with immigration enforcement.
“This is much more theatre than it is anything else,” former US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told CNN. “I think immigration is the sole purview of the federal government. It isn’t like drug laws that are shared with the states. No state can impose its own immigration laws or rules.”
テキサスでは, the Department of Public Safety has been down at the border over the years to patrol the roads, make traffic stops and observe and report any activity, said Kerlikowske, who served under former President Barack Obama. National Guard troops have similarly provided support to Customs and Border Protection, often in a logistical capacity.
“On the ground, it had always been logistical coordination,” 彼は言った, それを追加する “there was good coordination and CBP worked well with deployments.” CBP employs more than 19,000 国境警備隊のエージェント.
The distinction, concluded Kerlikowske, will be how well the deployed officers know the border — with National Guard troops more likely to have some familiarity — and how, if at all, they work in concert with Border Patrol agents.
“Sending 50 law enforcement officers from Florida with no understanding of the border is really just again political theatre,” Kerlikowske said.
A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told CNN that the government agency “continues to leverage our longstanding relationships with state and local law enforcement, including deconflicting operations in the border region and responding to callouts from other law enforcement agencies,” but that it “defers to the State of Texas to speak to any steps they are taking to increase their enforcement posture.”