Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Makes Big Announcement

Matt Lillywhite

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will deploy National Guard troops to the southern border...

Governor Kim Reynolds recently made a big announcement about the deployment of Iowa National Guard troops on the southern border. "The consequences of an open border can be felt across the country. While the White House chooses to do nothing, Republican Governors stand ready to protect our states’ interests.” 

"The Iowa National Guard is trained, prepared and always ready to aid in protecting Iowans, our communities, and nation," said Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, Major General Stephen Osborn. "Our units stand ready to deploy and conduct missions that are needed to secure our border and safeguard the American people." 

Kim Reynolds Recently Visited Texas To Meet Governor Greg Abbott

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recently visited Texas (alongside several other governors) to discuss the southern border with Greg Abbott.

“President Biden has abandoned his constitutional responsibility to secure the border and continues to fail to prevent millions of migrants from illegally crossing into our country," said the Republican governors in a joint statement. “In response, Republican governors are providing support where Biden failed. The personnel and resources from our states will enhance Governor Abbott’s Operation Lone Star security mission to deter and repel unlawful border crossings along the southern border."

The Republican Governors who made the joint statement include:

  • Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa
  • Governor Glenn Youngkin, Virginia
  • Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Arkansas
  • Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida
  • Governor Brad Little, Idaho
  • Governor Jim Pillen, Nebraska
  • Governor Doug Burgum, North Dakota
  • Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio
  • Governor Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma
  • Governor Henry McMaster, South Carolina
  • Governor Kristi Noem, South Dakota
  • Governor Bill Lee, Tennessee
  • Governor Jim Justice, West Virginia

The Southern Border Crisis Is A Big Problem For States Around The Country

“Every state is a border state," said the Governors continued as part of the joint statement. "Republican governors – together – are stepping up to protect Americans where Biden has failed.” 

Several cities around the country are struggling to cope with the large number of new arrivals. Chicago, for example, is struggling to provide enough resources to house every migrant arriving in the state, according to former Mayor Lori Lightfoot:

"We should all understand that this crisis will likely deepen before we see it get better, so as we move forward, the City of Chicago will have to bring additional locations online to prepare for the arrival of more individuals and families and to relieve Chicago Police Department districts. The City of Chicago is in the midst of a national humanitarian crisis, and through a unified effort in accordance with its values as a welcoming city, Chicago is doing everything it can to respond to the urgency of this matter. The City has continued to call on federal and state governments to support the new arrival mission with much-needed additional funding and resources for emergency shelter and resettlement, as there are not enough resources currently to meet the need."

It's important to note that Joe Biden is taking the southern border crisis seriously. "We have a patchwork system that doesn’t work as it should," he said in a statement. "We don’t have enough asylum officers or personnel to determine whether people qualify for asylum. There’s a standard by what you have to meet. We don’t have enough immigrant judges — immigration judges to adjudicate the claims of immigrants."

"We should all recognize that as long as America is the land of freedom and opportunity, people are going to try to come here," he continued. "And that’s what many of our ancestors did, and it’s no surprise that it’s happening again today. We can’t stop people from making the journey, but we can require them to come here, and they — that they come here in an orderly way under U.S. law."

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