Gov. Mike DeWine is visiting the 113 members of the Ohio Nationwide Guard deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border and joining a press conference today with 10 Republican governors to speak about border safety.
The governors of Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming and Texas are slated to take part within the 1 p.m. briefing with the Texas Division of Public Security on problems with fentanyl trafficking and the humanitarian disaster on the border.
Ohio despatched members of the Guard to Texas almost a 12 months in the past to assist the U.S. Customs and Border Safety. Ohio is aiding with automobile upkeep, administrative duties and different non-law enforcement duties in order that CBP brokers are freed up. In July DeWine sent 14 Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers to Texas on the request of Gov. Greg Abbott.
Democratic Nationwide Committee spokeswoman Adonna Biel referred to as it a political stunt and requested the governors to work with Democrats to enhance the immigration system.
“The Republican governors taking their political area journey to the U.S.-Mexico border are the identical ones who stood idly by as Donald Trump spent 4 years destroying our immigration system and spreading vile, xenophobic rhetoric,” Biel stated in a written assertion.
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Reporter Anna Staver contributed to this report.
Laura Bischoff is a reporter for the USA TODAY Community Ohio Bureau, which serves the Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, Akron Beacon Journal and 18 different affiliated information organizations throughout Ohio.