Stitt sending Oklahoma National Guard troops to southern U.S. border
Source: Office of the governor
OKLAHOMA CITY (June 1, 2023) — Gov. Kevin Stitt has committed to sending Oklahoma National Guard Troops to the Southern Border, citing, “President Biden’s failure to secure and protect our nation.”
The commitment comes in response to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for reinforcements as Texas responds to the ongoing crisis.
"As governor, the decision to deploy members of the National Guard is not one I take lightly” Stitt said in a statement, “and, as the parent of a deployed soldier, I am acutely aware of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our National Guard and their families during deployment.
“However, I believe it is in the best interest of Oklahoma and the nation to take decisive action to address the federal government’s utter failure to secure our southern border. By deploying our brave National Guard troops, we’re sending a strong message that we remain dedicated to defending our borders and upholding law and order in our nation."
Stitt is joined by 12 other Republican governors in stating their commitment to helping at the border.
Republican governors have announced the following resources to supplement Texas’ Operation Lone Star:
• 1,305 National Guardsmen
• 231 Law Enforcement Personnel
The joint statement can be read in full here