(USA Features) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he is preparing to send dozens of state police officers to Texas to assist with border authorities and local law enforcement who are dealing with record numbers of illegal aliens crossing into the U.S.
The GOP governor is responding to requests from his Republican counterparts, Greg Abbott in Texas and Doug Ducey in Arizona, after the two border-state governors appealed to 48 states earlier this month for additional law enforcement assistance to handle waves of migrants.
The first group of Florida officers will come from the state Department of Law Enforcement, Fish and Wildlife, and Florida Highway Patrol, DeSantis said during a press briefing.
He also said that funding is still a “point of discussion.”
“Typically, if someone would help us, we would pick up some of their funding … that’s how we would hope that it goes, but we don’t anticipate getting any federal funds, no,” he said.
DeSantis added that the request for help from his border colleagues came amid a rise in methamphetamines coming across the U.S. border into several states including his own.
“I had met just weeks ago with some of our sheriff’s up in north Florida and their number one concern is all the meth that’s coming in,” DeSantis said, noting further that this has had “a real effect” on Florida communities.
DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw told The Epoch Times last week that assisting fellow Americans in a moment of need is always the right decision to make.
“It’s undeniable that the border crisis is out of control,” Pushaw said.
“The governors of other states have sent resources to Florida in the past to help respond to natural disasters,” she added.
“With the federal government unable or unwilling to enforce our laws and secure our border, Florida is ready to step up to the plate and do our part.”