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    Missouri National Guard, Highway Patrol Set to Help at Border with Texas’ Operation Lone Star

    Missouri National Guard, Highway Patrol Set to Help at Border with Texas' Operation Lone Star

    JEFFERSON — Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday announced the activation of roughly 200 Missouri National Guard troops to support Texas' Operation Lone Star at the southern border, a move that has been anticipated for more than two weeks.

    “There is complete and utter chaos at the border, and the federal government is failing to do its job to protect the states and our people,” Parson said at a news conference late Tuesday afternoon.

    Guard members will “assist in the construction of physical barriers and with security patrols as needed.”

    Parson said he expects the first deployment to be active in Texas on March 10, and rotating groups of National Guard members will be deployed roughly every 30 days. The mission is set to last 90 days, though it could be extended.

    “We will continuously work with Texas to evaluate needed support moving forward,” Parson said.

    Eleven Missouri Highway Patrol troopers will also be in Texas beginning March 1. They will be partnered with Texas troopers, “riding with them in their vehicles near the border and answering calls,” said Col. Eric Olson, highway patrol superintendent.

    Up to 22 highway patrol troopers could be deployed.

    Parson issued an executive order to activate the National Guard for the mission, and he is asking the Legislature for an additional $2.3 million in this year's budget to support it.

    Parson framed the state's guard presence in Texas as a response to illegal immigration, human trafficking…

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