All must be quiet on the Southern front: Governor Kristi Noem announced Friday that she is pulling our mercenaries out of Texas.
In her press release, the Governor maintains that when they weren’t posing for pictures at What-a-Burger, South Dakota’s National Guardspeople did something about the drugs and human traffickers that aren’t pouring across the border:
Our troops delivered on their mission, providing boots on the ground to supplement the efforts of Texas state troopers, National Guard, and Customs and Border Patrol agents. They directly assisted in stopping human trafficking and drug smuggling into our nation [Gov. Kristi Noem, press release, 2021.09.03].
Balderdash: we noted before the deployment that illegal crossings of the United States–Mexico border are not a major source of either sex slaves or illegal drugs. Most of the border drug traffic comes through regular ports of entry (think about it: big smart producers of coke and meth for gringos aren’t going to ship their valuable product via scattered individuals backpacking across the desert; they’re going to ship in bulk, in trucks driven by pros, on nice fast highways), and most of the drug haulers nabbed are American citizens. And if we really want to reduce the prostitution and forced labor that Gov. Noem claims to be worried about, we could grant amnesty to undocumented workers and all more refugees into the country legally, which would remove those people from the desperate conditions that make them vulnerable to traffickers in the first place.
Noem claims that she can end her sloppily budgeted occupation of Texas because “Thanks to our troops, Texas had time to organize and will now increase its financial commitment and manpower from within the state.” So our troops didn’t really get rid of the problem; we’re just handing the problem back to Texas… and shortly sending back more than twice as many of our troops on a call-up funded not by some cantankerous Tennessee car junker but by the federal government, the way troops should be legally deployed on interstate missions.