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When it is not lying about the 2020 election, creating laws to solve problems that do not exist, or doing other dishonest and awful things, the Republican party is focused on the border. Trump obsessed about his wall—but it is a “absentia monumentum, to make up a phrase. Now that Joe Biden is President, some Republican leaders have decided to take immigration policy and border control into their own hands by deploying law enforcement to border states. As this is being written, Florida, Nebraska and Iowa have committed to this. South Dakota governor Kristi Noem has decided to one-up these states: she wants to deploy up to 50 National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico. While using National Guard troops in law enforcement roles might strike some as illegal, this is apparently within the law if the troops are acting under the command of a state governor. Matters change if the National Guard is acting under federal authority. As such, Noem can legally send the Guard to serve in law enforcement roles. Biden cannot, which answers the question asked by some conservatives about why Joe is not sending the Guard or federal troops to enforce laws on the border. The answer is that it would be illegal for him to do so. While Noem and her fellows seem to be simply engaged in political theatre to impress their base, this situation does raise some important concerns. A very unusual aspect of Noem’s plan is that she has announced that a donation from Willis and Reba Johnson’s Foundation will fund the deployment. Willis Johnson is a billionaire who regularly contributes to Republicans, including a sizable donation to Trump’s losing campaign. Normally, if a Guard unit from one state is deployed in another, the federal government pays for it. Guard deployments within a state are usually paid for by state funds. The private funding of a National Guard deployment seems to be an historic first and one that is worrisome. On the one hand, this could be defended. As Noem argued,. . .

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