Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) criticized Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) for pulling his National Guardsmen from the U.S.-Mexico border. Kinzinger was recently deployed to border since he is still an officer in the Air National Guard.
“As a member of the WI Guard, I saw firsthand the amazing work by my fellow guardsmen. Stopping illegal immigration is quite an honorable mission, but since @GovEvers doesn’t agree, let me share a few more things his Guard did this week,” Kinzinger tweeted.
His crew found and directed @cbp to a man crossing the border with 70 lbs of meth. Had we not been there, that deadly drug would be on the streets. Wonder the damage that would do in Milwaukee...— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) February 25, 2019
On the mountains, we captured a few coyotes, who prey on desperate migrants & charge them hefty sums to guide them to the border. Often times, they desert those migrants if they fear getting caught. Coyotes also commit assaults, rapes, & murders to these vulnerable individuals.— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) February 25, 2019
One such example came midweek when I found a woman alone in the rugged AZ terrain and through our coordination, @CBP was able to rescue her from dying alone in the desert.— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) February 25, 2019
.@GovEvers, your guardsmen saved many lives and protected our country on this mission. Did you go visit them on the border to see for yourself? Or did you make your decision based solely on politics?— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) February 25, 2019
“I’m grateful to my fellow Wisconsin Guard members, and I’m deeply disappointed you won’t let them do what they are trained to do for the good of the country. @GovEvers, I hope you’ll reconsider,” Kinzinger concluded.
Prior to joining Congress, Kinzinger joined the Air Force in 2003 and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
“There is simply not ample evidence to support the president’s contention of a national security crisis at our southwestern border,” Evers said in a statement. “Therefore, there is no justification for the ongoing presence of Wisconsin National Guard personnel at the border.”