Governor Noem visits troops at southern border

September 26, 2023

EAGLE PASS, Tx.–Today, Governor Kristi Noem inspected the southern border and received a briefing from the South Dakota National Guard.

Fifty South Dakota soldiers are deployed on state active duty as part of Texas’ Operation Lone Star.

Noem said, “the situation at the Southern border continues to deteriorate. The Mexican drug cartels are taking advantage of the open border to proliferate their drugs and human trafficking.”

Governor Noem was joined at the border by South Dakota Adjutant General Mark Morrell and South Dakota Public Safety Secretary Bob Perry.

Due to a recent surge in border crossings, September is expected to surpass previous monthly highs. Border encounters have remained at record high levels for three consecutive years.