Parson supports Trump in commending ICE, applauds Missouri National Guard border aid

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson praised the federal operations at the U.S.-Mexico border. (File)

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is on board with the president's support of the actions federal agencies have taken at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Parson released a statement Monday evening, stating he was joining President Donald Trump in speaking out in support of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including two rotations of Missouri National Guard Soldiers, who first responded to the mission shortly after the President's call in April.

The Missouri National Guard soldiers were volunteered by former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens after Trump had directed the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense to coordinate with state governors in order to place National Guard troops on the U.S. southern border with Mexico.

Four Missouri National Guard soldiers were serving on the southwest border as of Aug. 20, providing aerial surveillance from their UH-72 Lakota helicopter. Since arriving in Arizona earlier this summer, the crew has executed approximately 400 flight hours in support of the federal border security mission, Parson stated in a release.

“Patrolling our borders has never been an easy role, with many difficult decisions to make; but I am proud of the service of these men and women,” Parson said in the release. “By patrolling our borders, we can take a proactive stand against human trafficking, violence, terrorism, and illegal immigration from spiraling out of control. Our National Guard soldiers have done a great service to their country in their critical support role and have represented Missouri very well.”

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