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Gov. Pillen and senators visit deployed troops at the border

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Gov. Pillen and senators visit deployed troops at the border

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen traveled to Del Rio, Texas, on Wednesday to see the troops he deployed to help secure America’s southern border. He was joined by Chairman John Arch, Senator Tom Brewer, chairman of the Legislature’s Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, and Maj. Gen. Craig Strong, adjutant general of the Nebraska National Guard.

The daylong visit was spent with Airmen and National Guard soldiers who have been deployed to the Del Rio area since early April. The group of approximately 35 troops will be on active duty there through late June/early July, supporting the Texas National Guard.

Governor Pillen has been steadfast in his support of combating the humanitarian and national security crisis at the border, saying the situation is one that impacts every state, including Nebraska. As of May 31, more than 512,300 illegal immigrants have been apprehended and more than 43,400 criminal arrests have been made, resulting in at least 38,200 criminal charges. More than 487 million lethal doses of fentanyl have been seized.

“Nebraska’s commitment has been critical to this mission,” said Governor Pillen. “These Nebraska troops are helping stop the flow of criminals, guns, drugs and human trafficking into our country and state. Every state is a border state, so Nebraska must fulfill its obligation to keep our country safe.”

The governor’s comments follow an executive order issued by President Joe Biden this week setting daily limits on the number of illegal immigrants granted asylum in the United States, which the governor described as “too little, too late.”

During his visit to Nebraska troops, Governor Pillen thanked them for answering the call to volunteer for this mission.

“They have taken time from their normal work and family lives to take on a challenge that is important to our nation,” said Governor Pillen. “I join fellow Nebraskans in sharing our gratitude for their service.”

Guard members work side by side with the Texas National Guard, staffing various posts along the border. Governor Pillen and his party spent time with the troops at their base camp and then toured the operational areas by vehicle. Earlier this year, 10 Nebraska State Patrol troopers were deployed to the El Paso area for two weeks in April and worked with Texas law enforcement in support of their efforts to secure the border.

Gov. Pillen and senators visit deployed troops at the border

Senators visit deployed troops holding the Husker flag at the border

Government Pillen greets soldier at the border

Government Pillen greets soldier at the border

Soldier showing Governor Pillen around the border

Government Pillen greets soldier at the border

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