The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is urging President Biden to stop governors from sending law enforcement to the southern border.
How we got here: Governors from several states vowed they will send troops to the border after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) invoked the Emergency Management Assistance Compact which allows them to ask for help from other states in times of emergency.
“Given the staggering number of violations now occurring in Texas and Arizona, additional manpower is needed from any state that can spare it. With your help, we can apprehend more of these perpetrators of state and federal crimes, before they can cause problems in your state,” the governors wrote.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have also said that they will send troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to the request from the governors.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine also authorized Ohio State Highway Patrol officers to help at the Texas border, according to local Fox19.
The story: The group sent a letter to the White House on Sunday in which it branded the states’ decision to send National Guard members and law enforcement to the border an “insurrection.” The organization claimed that the states are using their resources improperly.
“President Biden, as the commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and the militia of the several states, you have authority to prevent this usurping of federal powers by a few recalcitrant and rebellious states,” wrote LULAC President Domingo Garcia.
“If you cannot stop this additional insurrection, we request that you deploy federal troops to defend the rights and lives of Hispanic-Americans on the border. It was two years ago that Hispanics were gunned down at a Walmart in El Paso Texas,” Garcia added. “We further ask that the Attorney General take legal action to prevent these states from illegally militarizing the Texas-Mexico border.”
Garcia singled out South Dakota after reports that a private citizen was funding the National Guard members’ move.
“This is tantamount to relegating our Armed Forces to a ‘pay for hire’ status on any whim or desire that the donor citizen can afford to pursue, and a Governor sees as an opportunity to score political points,” he argued.
“This is an insult to our veterans who served and women and men who are now serving in our Armed Forces. This is not how America protects our citizens and it certainly is corrosive to our relationships with our allies around the world, especially our friend Mexico,” Garcia continued.
In a separate statement, Garcia accused Abbott and former President Donald Trump of “fomenting dangerous racial hatred targeting Latinos.”
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