Governor Lee Visits Border, Calls Situation a ‘National Security Crisis’

Gov. Bill Lee, on the right, sitting down in a room. Lee recently visited the southern border


Tennessee Governor Bill Lee visited the Southern border over the weekend and toured various sections of the area. Upon examining the situation, Lee called the state of affairs a “national security crisis.”

“What I saw at the border is unsustainable for our country and should be number one priority for national security. Tennessee will always step up and serve, but we need immediate reinforcements, like a finished border wall, to ensure our men and women in uniform have the tools they need to do their job,” Lee said.

Over the course of his visit, the governor received briefings on the dramatic increase in illegal border crossing and drug trafficking.

Lee announced his trip to the area last week — detailing plans to visit with nearly 300 members of the state’s National Guard that have been deployed to help curb the illegal activities.

“Tennesseans serve on the front lines of the Southern border crisis, and it has rapidly escalated to not just a matter of public safety, but a threat to our country’s national security. Americans owe these troops a debt of gratitude for their service, and the federal government owes Americans a plan to restore both our border security and our standing as a global power,” Lee said, describing the group’s efforts.

Border state governors have pleaded with every state across the country to send additional resources to help with law enforcement. The leaders point to the lack of action from the federal government as the basis for their need.

Ron DeSantis of Florida, Brad Little of Idaho, Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Pete Ricketts of Nebraska and Kristi Noem of South Dakota each promised to send reinforcements.

Governor Lee has not committed to sending additional law enforcement officers to the area.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for the Star News Network. Follow Cooper on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]


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5 Thoughts to “Governor Lee Visits Border, Calls Situation a ‘National Security Crisis’”

  1. 83ragtop50

    Lee, the milquetoast wimp. He has go to go.

  2. Dave Pax

    Hey Bill Lee, hoe about doing your job and keeping these trafficked children and invaders out of Tennessee.

    1. Horatio Bunce

      Lol, you mean the “southern border” of Hamilton County? Bill should have asked those Department of Defense fellers in Texas why they were trafficking illegals into his state. Maybe they could stop that and work on the wall instead.

  3. Mark Knofler

    He’s sounding a little like Gomer Pyle these days; “Well I’ll be, thars people sneakin; cross the border Sheriff !” #VotetheBumsOut!

  4. Ms Independent

    Yet he fails to recognize his taking away federal unemployment payments has hurt unemployed Tennesseans who now are severely struggling b/c he shut down non essential businesses during Covid19. He created this crisis and then walked away. That is not leadership- it’s the definition of a coward.