Idaho governor’s plan to help secure US-Mexico border
Boise, Governor of the ID (STL.News) Brad Petit Today announced details of its plan to send Idaho State Police (ISP) soldiers to Arizona to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border and curb the flow of illegal drugs to the Idaho due to the failure of Biden-Harris immigration policies.
“The crisis at the border between the United States and Mexico and the alarming increase in activity related to illegal drugs are a direct result of the failure of the policies of the Biden-Harris administration which are harming the people of the Idaho, ”Governor Little said. “Drug seizures for methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin have doubled since Biden took office and we have seen the most illegal crossings this year in 21 years. Biden has overturned many of Trump’s policies that kept the American people safe, and now our country’s governors must act to protect Americans because the Biden-Harris administration will not. The State of Idaho proudly stands alongside our fellow Americans along the US-Mexico border.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey sent a letter to governors across the country in June, advocating for additional manpower through law enforcement agencies in other states to help secure the border. Governor Little quickly pledged to support their efforts.
Since Governor Little’s office received the letter, the Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) and PSI have worked closely with the State of Arizona to determine how Idaho’s resources can best support the mission. The collaboration resulted in an Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement (EMAC) that Idaho will complete to support Arizona’s efforts.
Idaho will send a specialized team of five FAI soldiers on a 21-day mission starting July 6 to help the Arizona Department of Public Safety gather intelligence and investigate the drug ban in the border. The ISF’s specialized team of soldiers will act as a “force multiplier” to augment the Arizona Drug Enforcement Team.
“We did our homework and worked closely with the State of Arizona to determine the real needs and how Idaho can help in meaningful and impactful ways without compromising public safety here at home. States frequently assist each other through the Emergency Response System for fires, floods and other emergencies, and this situation is no different, ”Governor Little said. “Our specialized team will help curb the flow of illegal drug trafficking and organized crime into our country and state, and soldiers will gain valuable hands-on training that will enhance their ability to serve the people of Idaho upon their return.”
FAI Soldiers will be delegated with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and will act under the same authority as Arizona State Soldiers. The support will cost the state of Idaho $ 53,391 – $ 16,149 in travel and other costs and $ 37,242 in personnel costs. The FAI leadership makes sure that the soldiers’ duties at home are covered while they carry out their mission.
With his plan, Governor Little joins Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts in providing support.
“Idaho will continue to assess our resources and the needs of border states to determine if we can do even more to help the fight to protect Americans from Biden-Harris inaction,” Governor Little said.