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Florida responds to call for help during ‘border security crisis' in Texas, Arizona

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs two bills surrounded by state, local and Taiwanese representatives at the Florida National Guard Robert A. Ballard Armory on June 07, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (AFP photo)

Florida officers will be sent to help with the "border security crisis' in Texas and Arizona, says Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“Florida is going to support Texas and Arizona. We believe that securing the southern border is important for our country, but specifically we believe it’ll benefit the people of Florida to be able to get this under control and so where the federal government has failed, the states are stepping up and doing our best to fill the void,” DeSantis said during a press conference at Pensacola, Florida.

DeSantis is potentially at the top of the list of possible candidates within the Republican Party for the 2024 race.

The governors of Texas and Arizona had called for other US states to send police to the border to help them deal with the deteriorating crisis.

In a letter to their fellow governors this week, governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona wrote, "On behalf of Texas and Arizona, we respectfully but urgently request that you send all available law-enforcement resources to the border in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Both Texas and Arizona have sued over the Biden administration’s policies, arguing that border states are hurt the most by the relaxing of Trump-era border and enforcement measures.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans on Thursday to build a wall at the southern border.

The issue of immigration has become a point of contention between the Biden administration and GOP leaders.

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