TEXAS — At the behest of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced he is sending 14 Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers to the Texas-Mexico border.
The troopers, DeWine said, will help Texas authorities with surveillance. There is no indication they will make arrests.
The Ohio troopers will arrive in Texas later this week and stay for about two weeks.
The announcement concerning Highway Patrol troopers comes a few days after DeWine announced that 185 members of the Ohio Army National Guard are being deployed to the border to serve in the same capacity.
Previously, a news release from DeWine states, about 115 Ohio National Guard members were deployed to the southwest border. They remain on active duty there.
Ohio is not the only state sending troops to the border. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts sent state patrol troopers to Del Rio, Texas, for a 16-day deployment. The troopers were partnered with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“This is a huge failure on the federal government’s part, and that leaves states to try to come up with whatever solution they can to try to stem these sorts of crises,” Ricketts said in an interview with the Fox News Rundown podcast.
Other GOP-led states, including Florida, have committed law enforcement agents to Texas as well, arguing that the federal government isn’t doing enough to stop illegal immigration.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.