In May 2018, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey made an announcement that the state would provide assistance to Governor Gregg Abbott in addressing the ongoing migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border. As part of this effort, Alabama sent a UH-72A Lakota helicopter, along with a flight crew and aircraft maintainers.
The press release from 2018 stated:
The Alabama National Guard is always ready to assist our friends and partners on the border and continue the ongoing mission for homeland security. The mission will operate under the direction of the Texas National Guard and provide an additional tool for observation and tracking of illegal activity in the region. The soldiers will not be conducting law enforcement operations. We’re proud our soldiers are mentally and physically equipped to handle the challenges of the task.
More Support From Alabama
In July 2021, Governor Ivey took further action to address the growing crisis at the border by deploying additional troops. Alabama Congressman Jerry Carl commended Ivey for her proactive measures. As reported by the AL Reporter, Governor Ivey, along with other governors, sent a letter to the Biden Administration in May 2021, urging them to take immediate action to alleviate the humanitarian crisis at the border. Governor Ivey emphasized that under current policies, every state has effectively become a border state, and Alabama is committed to safeguarding the Southern Border by deploying 275 troops to Texas.
According to a report from The Yellowhammer News, Governor Abbott issued an official statement in January 2024, stating that Texas would exercise its constitutional rights to self-defense in response to the lack of support from the White House regarding illegal immigrant crossings. In response, Governor Ivey assured Abbott that Alabama would stand by any decisions made to secure the border.
Court Backlog and Mass Crossings
According to an article published by Newsweek, there are over 3 million immigration cases across the United States.
The article provided more information and mentioned:
The backlog of cases clogging up the U.S. court system has soared to more than 3 million across the country in the past year, with some 458,630 in Texas alone. The numbers have seen a significant jump since 2012, when just 40,051 immigration cases were pending in the state. In December 2022, one of the largest mass crossings was caught on camera when a caravan of more than 1,000 migrants filed into the U.S. at El Paso, Texas. That group was mostly made up of people from Nicaragua, Peru or Ecuador, but increasing numbers of Chinese migrants are also arriving at the southern border.
Throughout the crisis, journalists have been interviewing multiple migrants to gain insight into their perspective on the situation. In one particular interview, a journalist asked a man who was crossing the border illegally to identify himself. In response, the migrant intriguingly replied, “Soon, you’re going to know who I am,” leaving many curious about the significance behind his words.
Truckers Headed to the Border
As of Jan. 29, 2024, more than 40,000 truckers are en route to the Southern Border to demonstrate their support for border security and express their concerns about the increasing number of migrants crossing illegally. According to KXAN, the group known as “Take Our Border Back” is extending an invitation to active and retired law enforcement and military personnel, veterans, Mama Bears, elected officials, business owners, ranchers, truckers, bikers, media, and law-abiding, freedom-loving Americans to join them in a peaceful protest.
The group aims to arrive in Texas by February 1, 2024.
“Take our Border Back" convoy has departed Virginia for Eagle Pass to protest against Biden's open border.
The organizer, Craig Hudgins, says he wants to show his support for the Texas National Guard
It’s estimated 40,000 truckers will be joining them
— ShotGunBonnie (@ShotGun_Bonnie) January 30, 2024
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