Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts plans to send about two dozen state troopers to Texas later this month to help patrol the nation’s border with Mexico.
More than 1,000 people who had been detained after crossing have been released into the country in recent days in a swift reversal from the Trump administration’s near shutdown of the border. Many more people are gathering on the Mexican side. Ricketts has criticized the Biden administration’s approach to border security and several other policies. In recent weeks, Ricketts has been giving speeches around the state condemning President Joe Biden’s conservation plan that calls for preserving 30% of the nation’s land and water by the year 2030.
Ricketts said in June of 2021 there were 188,000 contacts with U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the Mexico border in Texas compared to 33,000 one year ago. “The overwhelming majority felt as though we were rescuing them from a situation where they were either going to enter into workforce labor, smuggling, human smuggling or sex trafficking,” said Captain Jason Scott.
The prospect of large numbers of migrants entering the country during a pandemic could create a strong public backlash for Mr. Biden as his administration takes steps to undo the strict policies put into place by his predecessor.
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