Gov. Reynolds to send Iowa law enforcement to assist at the southern border

Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 1:05 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Governor Kim Reynolds on Thursday announced Iowa State Patrol officers will be deployed to the U.S. southern border to help law enforcement and border security efforts.

In a news release, Reynolds said the move comes in response to a request from Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

The two governors formally requested law enforcement support from all 50 states on June 10. Florida, Nebraska and Idaho are also sending law enforcement to assist Texas and Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said border encounters are at a 20-year-high.

Reynolds said law enforcement in Iowa are recovering drugs, illegal narcotics and weapons that have been smuggled across the southern border by drug cartels.

“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 release. “The rise in drugs, human trafficking, and violent crime has become unsustainable. Iowa has no choice but to act, and it’s why I am honoring Texas’ Emergency Management Assistance Compact following assurances from the Iowa Department of Public Safety that it will not compromise our ability to provide all necessary public safety services to Iowans.”

In a statement, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said it is anticipated that about 25 to 30 members of the department will go to Texas for about two weeks. The department employs 360 members.

“Governor Kim Reynolds elected to honor the request and directed the Iowa Department of Public Safety to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety so long as it did not compromise the Department’s ability to provide public safety services to Iowans,” the Iowa Department of Public Safety said in the statement.

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