Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced that he is sending National Guard troops from his state to support Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's efforts to stop the influx of illegal immigration at the southern border.
In a Thursday morning press conference, DeSantis announced he is offering a battalion of "up to" 1,000 soldiers of the Florida National Guard to help secure Texas' border. A National Guard spokesperson said 100 troops are being sent initially.
"We are here to join as Floridians to say that we need to stop this invasion at our southern border once and for all," said DeSantis, standing in front of members of the Florida National Guard and a sign that said, "stop the invasion."Additionally, the Florida State Guard will be deployed, which marks the first time that group has been deployed out of state.