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Reynolds: Iowa to deploy State Patrol officers to Southern Border for law enforcement assistance

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- Governor Kim Reynolds announced Thursday that Iowa State Patrol officers will assist law enforcement and border security efforts at the U.S.-Mexico border.

This comes following requests from the governors of Texas and Arizona for more aid under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)

Iowa will send up to 30 State Patrol officers to Texas on a two-week deployment, but it has not been said when they will leave. Other states deploying law enforcement are Florida, Nebraska, and Idaho.

“My first responsibility is to the health and safety of Iowans and the humanitarian crisis at our nation’s southern border is affecting all 50 states,” Gov. Reynolds said. “The rise in drugs, human trafficking, and violent crime has become unsustainable. Iowa has no choice but to act, and it’s why I am honoring Texas’ Emergency Management Assistance Compact following assurances from the Iowa Department of Public Safety that it will not compromise our ability to provide all necessary public safety services to Iowans.” 

The Iowa State Patrol officers will be joining 24 Iowa National Guard members who have also been assisting with law enforcement agencies at the border since October 2020.

A release from the Governor's Office says that there were roughly 180,000 border encounters in May, the highest in 20 years. Also by May, fentanyl seizures at the border were up 300% from the previous year, According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The release states that Iowa has also seen heightened drug recoveries in 2021 due to smuggling at the border.

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