In response to an increasingly dire situation at the US-Mexico border, Florida governor Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that the state would be redeploying resources to Texas to help with the situation.
More than 1,100 officers, including 100 members of the Florida Highway Patrol, 200 members of the Florida Police Department, and 800 members of the Florida National Guard, will be sent to Texas to assist with the influx of migrants. In addition, the state will also be sending drones, inflatable boats, and airplanes as part of their contribution.
The decision to send help comes in the wake of the expiration of Title 42, a border policy implemented at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a 50% drop in the number of migrant encounters along the border this past Friday and Saturday, compared to the week before the policy ended.
Though the state is sending help, they will not be enforcing any immigration laws. The officers and National Guard soldiers will be leaving from across the state between Tuesday and Sunday.
The efforts by the state of Florida to send resources to the southern border demonstrate the growing awareness of the severity of the situation and the importance of providing support to those in need. As the migrant crisis continues to unfold, it is likely that other states will follow in Florida’s footsteps and provide aid in whatever way they can.