New Hampshire will send National Guard elements to the Texas border with Mexico


The New Hampshire Congress approved on Friday a request from Republican Governor Chris Sununu to send 15 National Guard soldiers from that state to Texas on the border with Mexico, thus joining more states that are sending troops to the United States border.

“In view of the federal government’s inaction, the work of the New Hampshire National Guard on the southern border will have an impact that will save lives, not only in Texas, but also here,” Sununu said in a statement.

Sununu pointed out that fentanyl is causing the most serious health crisis in New Hampshire, which has caused the death of 400 to 500 people each year in the last decade.

In his message to the Joint Finance Committee of the legislature, the governor indicated that the deployment of troops costs less than one million dollars “to do something that others should do, but are not willing to do.”

The local Congress authorized the expenditure of 850 thousand dollars for the mission of the New Hampshire National Guard in Texas.

Like governors from other states, Sununu blames President Joe Biden’s government for the crisis on the southern border of the United States, which has seen an increase in the detention of migrants crossing irregularly.

On Thursday, during his last annual message to the legislature, Sununu said that this migration “is not a Texas problem.”

“It is a national crisis and New Hampshire has the opportunity to provide specialized support, to comply with the country’s law and to keep our citizens protected.”

Last Tuesday, the governor of Georgia, Republican Brian Kemp, indicated that he will send between 15 and 20 National Guard soldiers from his state to collaborate in the construction of a command post for Texas National Guard troops, which will house 1,800 soldiers.

That same day, the Republican governor of Montana, Greg Gianforte, reported that the National Guard of his state will coordinate with Texas authorities to determine which volunteers can best respond to the needs of the southern state.

This Friday, the governor of Texas, Republican Greg Abbott, said in a press conference that he expects the first phase of the camp to be ready by next April when they will house 300 soldiers in Eagle Pass.

“As we all know, when spring arrives there will be additional caravans that will make their way through the southern and central part of Mexico… We want to make sure that when they reach the crossroads about whether they will go to Texas or somewhere else, they know that the wrong place to go is here,” Abbott warned.