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Nebraska sending state troopers to help at the Texas border

A soldier from the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard observes a section of the...
A soldier from the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard observes a section of the Rio Grande River at sunset. He was serving at the Texas-Mexico border in support of Operation Strong Safety on September 11, 2014.(Randall Stillinger / U.S. Army / CC BY 2.0)
Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 9:16 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts plans to send about two dozen state troopers to Texas later this month to help patrol the nation’s border with Mexico.

Ricketts has criticized President Joe Biden’s approach to border security and several other policies, but he said the aid is being provided to Texas under a preexisting agreement that is normally activated in times of emergencies.

Nebraska’s announcement on Saturday came several days after Florida officials said they would also send law enforcement officers to Texas and Arizona.

Ricketts says the troopers will spend up to 16 days helping the Texas Department of Public Safety, but didn’t say how the deployment would be paid for.

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