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Reynolds orders Iowa State Patrol to the U.S.-Mexico border

By: - June 24, 2021 4:16 pm

A U.S. Border Patrol agent questions a driver at a highway checkpoint on August 1, 2018 in West Enfield, Maine. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Iowa State Patrol officers will be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday.

“My first responsibility is to the health and safety of Iowans and the humanitarian crisis at our nation’s southern border is affecting all 50 states,” Reynolds said in a news release. “The rise in drugs, human trafficking, and violent crime has become unsustainable.”

Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sergeant Alex Dinkla said between 25 and 30 officers would travel to Texas for about two weeks. He did not provide information about when the deployment would begin or what officers would be tasked to do, citing officer safety concerns.

On June 10, the governors of Texas and Arizona issued a letter asking other states to send additional personnel to the border. Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and Gov. Doug Doucey of Arizona invoked the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, an interstate agreement to send aid for disaster or emergency situations.

“Securing our border with Mexico is the federal government’s responsibility. But the Biden administration has proven unwilling or unable to do the job,” the letter reads. “This failure to enforce federal immigration laws causes harm that spills over into every state.”

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Katie Akin
Katie Akin

Reporter Katie Akin began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.

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