Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and members of his staff would not say Thursday whether they will dispatch resources to Texas and Arizona to help guard the U.S.-Mexican border.
The Tennessee Star made repeated attempts Thursday to contact Lee’s Communications Director Laine Arnold — by email, phone, and text. Arnold did not return our messages before Thursday’s stated deadline.
This week Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he will answer the call of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and send resources to the U.S.-Mexico border to “secure the border and protect Americans.”
“There was a letter that was recently sent by the governors of Texas and Arizona seeking mutual aid, which we do all of the time in instances of emergency. These states have sent Florida support when we’ve responded to emergencies here in our state, and they wanted support so that they could do what the federal government is either unwilling or unable to do. Secure the border and protect the people,” DeSantis said.
“Not just their states but the entire country because of the nationwide impact that that has. Today, we are here to announce the state of Florida is answering the call. Florida is going to support Texas and Arizona. We believe that securing the Southern border is important for our country, but, specifically, we believe it’ll benefit the people of Florida to be able to get this under control. And so where the federal government has failed the states are stepping up and doing our best to fill the void.”
“I implore other states to follow the lead of Florida, send help,” Moody said.
“You have governors in these border states sending out a call for emergency help. And I am so proud of Governor DeSantis. Florida is the first state to step up and say, look, we are sending folks to help control this chaos that is created solely due to the actions or inaction of the Biden administration. We’re doing it not only to help protect America, we’re doing it to [stem the] tide of violence and drugs into our state of Florida.”
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