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A Billionaire Republican Donor is Funding South Dakota’s National Guard Border Deployment


The Associated Press

On Tuesday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said she will be sending a deployment of up to 50 of the state’s National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. What’s going on: Noem is the latest Republican governor to respond to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s request for additional troops to help with the number of migrant crossings in the state. In the last seven days, the GOP governors of Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska, and Iowa have all committed to sending law enforcement officers to Texas for border security. Each deployment will cost taxpayer dollars, except in South Dakota, where Gov. Noem will be using a private donation from Republican donor Willis Johnson to fund the trip. The cherry on top: Johnson doesn’t even live in South Dakota...or Texas...or Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska, or Iowa, for that matter. He’s a Tennessee-based billionaire founder of a used-car auction company called Copart, and he’s funding a deployment of National Guard troops from another state to our nation’s southern border. Let that sink in for a minute.

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