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Gov. Kay Ivey is sending troops to the U.S.-Mexico border

This is the third time Ivey has announced she will send troops to the southern border.

Gov. Kay Ivey gave remarks and posed for a group photo to the Alabama Girls State at Troy University’s Crosby Theater on June 6, 2023 in Troy, Ala. Governor’s Office /Hal Yeager
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Gov. Kay Ivey is sending 275 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Every state has become a border state under the current policies, and Alabama remains committed to being an integral part of the mission to protect our Southern Border,” Ivey said. “The Alabama National Guard always stands ready to protect our citizens, and I thank our 275 troops, as well as their families, for their important service to our country.”

This is the third time Ivey has announced she will send troops to the southern border. The other two occasions were in 2018 and 2021.

Several weeks ago Ivey signed onto a joint letter with other governors in the country condemning President Joe Biden’s border policy as “every state is now a border state” according to the letter.

“As governors,” the letter read, “we call on you and your administration to relay immediately accurate, detailed, thorough data and information to the states about who is crossing the southern border illegally, where they are relocating, how the federal government is processing their asylum applications, and whether they are being deported successfully. Without such information, we cannot fulfill our fundamental providing our communities with appropriate services.”

Both of Alabama’s senators, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama, and U.S. Sen. Katie Britt, R-Alabama, praised Ivey’s announcement on X. 

Tuberville said: “Alabama is stepping up and doing [President Joe Biden’s] job for him.”

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Britt said: “When our nation is in crisis, Alabamians will always answer the call of duty. Thanks for your continued leadership, [Gov. Kay Ivey].”

The border topic has returned to the forefront of conservative media and political debate likely due to the 2024 election cycle approaching. Recently, conservatives were attempting to focus on gender ideology as a cultural issue to latch onto. However, that tactic has seemingly fallen flat with the GOP’s voter base.

Yet, as was the case during former President Donald Trump’s campaign, the border, specifically an “invasion” at the southern border remains, a reliable form of riling up conservative voters.

Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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