TYLER, TX (KLTV) - In the wake of President Donald Trump's announcement that he plans to send Army National National Guard troops to defend the U.S.-Mexico border, national- and state-level elected officials representing not only East Texas, but the entire Lone Star State, voiced their support for the decision.
According to the Associated Press, National Guard contingents in the U.S. states that border Mexico are awaiting guidance on what duties they will be assigned to help fight illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, tweeted that deploying troops to the southern border is not unprecedented. He added that it was done as recently as 2010.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-1st District, said in a tweet that Trump's decision "to defend the United States border with National Guard troops is sensible, prudent, and has plenty of precedent."
Gohmert attached the full text of his statement to his tweet.
"President Obama did the same thing, as did President George W. Bush," Gohmert said in his statement. "With reports of thousands of Central American migrants heading toward an illegal mass entrance across the U.S. border, which is basically an unauthorized invasion into this country, President Trump chose to stand with American citizens and American law."
Gohmert said in addition to protecting the United States' sovereignty, the move "will prevent gang members, drug smugglers, sex traffickers, or terrorists from hiding within civilian invaders' midst."
In his statement, Gohmert also pointed out that 102 years ago, President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, ordered an estimated 75,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. Mexico border after incursions by Pancho Villa.
U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-5th District, issued a statement Thursday. He said any Texas knows that America's national borders aren't secure enough.
"As any Texan can tell you, our national borders aren't secure enough," Hensarling said. " After so many years of failure within our country's immigration system, it is refreshing to see the Trump Administration take bold action to protect our national and economic security. I applaud the administration's plan to utilize the National Guard at the border - our citizens' safety absolutely must come first."
Hensarling said that even though the United States is a nation of immigrants, people seeking entry into the country must respect the rule of law
Citing the Texas Army National Guard, the Associated Press said that the proposed deployment to the border is in the "very early planning stages."
On Wednesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott weighed in on the issue with a tweet of his own.
"My top priority as governor is ensuring the safety and security of Texans, and securing our southern border has always been essential to that mission Abbott said in his statement. "In my time as governor, Texas has maintained a continuous presence of National Guard members along the border, and we've added hundreds of permanent Department of Public Safety troopers to the region. Today's action by the Trump Administration reinforces Texas' longstanding commitment to secure our southern border and uphold the rule of law."
Abbott also took a shot a Lupe Valdez, his Democratic opponent in the upcoming mid-term election.
"The next 7 months will be a battle between @LupeValdez and me about whether or not Texas will secure our border and protect our sovereignty," Abbott tweeted. "It's about whether sanctuary cities will remain banned or be allowed. I need your help to fight for the future of Texas."