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Kentucky to deploy hundreds of National Guard soldiers to US-Mexico border

Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 1:22 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WXIX) - Around 220 members from the Kentucky National Guard will be deployed to the U.S./Mexico border in October.

Their mission will consist of operational and logistics support, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday.

The deployment follows a direct request from the federal government, Beshear said.

“This is not a request made from several governors that are out there, without the backing of the federal government,” Gov. Beshear said. “What this means is we will have a clear chain of command, we will have clear missions that come down through the military and our Guardsmen and women will have the authority that is necessary and also legal protections.”

Ohio was also asked by the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to send National Guard soldiers.

Gov. Mike DeWine approved the deployment of 185 Ohio National Guard members to Texas to provide “non-law enforcement support to the United States Custom and Border Protection,” according to his statement.

The Ohio National Guard members will be deployed in late 2021 to supplement 115 members already at the border.

Fourteen Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and supervisors also will travel to the Texas-Mexico border for a two-week assignment. They will not be tasked with making arrests, DeWine says.

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