South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem pledged to drive in razor wire on the border herself if President Biden or federal forces stop Texas Gov. Greg Abbott from retaining operational control of a park in Eagle Pass.
“Governor Abbott has done the exact right thing, and I’ll drive him some more razor-wire from South Dakota if I have to.”
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Noem traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border Friday morning in a display of support of measures being taken by the state of Texas to address border security. Her trip comes after the United States Supreme Court ruling earlier this week that federal border agents can remove razor wire strung along Texas’ southern border by the state’s National Guard.
The governor said on Thursday that she would deliver razor wire to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott if federal agents interfere with his plans for the U.S.-Mexico border, as a conflict between the Lone Star state and the federal government over the handling of immigration has heated up.
“Governor Abbott has done the exact right thing, and I’ll drive him more razor wire from South Dakota if I have to for him to do his job,” Noem said on Fox News.
“Our Border Patrol agents do not support what President Biden is doing. Our ICE agents on the ground do not support what President Biden is doing. Democrats in the country do not support what President Biden is doing at the southern border, and they disagree with him fundamentally,” Noem continued.
“He’s so out of touch. He’s remaking this country. We will be Europe within a year or two if we allow President Biden to continue this invasion of our country,” Noem added, referring to Biden.
Abbott and his administration have remained solid on his border policies despite the Supreme Court loss this week. The Texas governor says that his state has a constitutional right to self-defense, and his state was acting on that authority, as well as state law, to secure the Texas border by using the razor wire.
The Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to Abbott on Tuesday, demanding access to the park. The Texas governor responded in a statement on Wednesday, defending his administration’s actions, stating that President Biden had violated his oath to execute immigration laws enacted by Congress faithfully.
Noem was one of the 25 Republican governors to sign an open letter supporting Abbott as he continues to push border barriers and challenge the federal government’s control of the border.
“Over 6 million people have come here illegally. It is time to stand our ground, and we’ll be down there standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Gov. Abbott,” Noem said on Fox News.