Hoeven Honors North Dakota National Guard Members Deploying to Southern Border

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today virtually joined Governor Doug Burgum and Adjutant General Alan Dohrmann in commending the service of 125 North Dakota National Guard members in the 957 Multi-Role Bridge Company (MRBC) deploying to the nation’s southern border this month. These soldiers are deploying for a year-long assignment to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border security operations.

“North Dakota has the best guard members in the world,” said Hoeven. “This deployment to the southern border will enable CBP agents at the Southwest border to more efficiently and effectively carry out their law enforcement mission. Border security is national security and I’ve seen the crisis at the southern border firsthand. We are proud to have such a remarkable group of individuals representing North Dakota, and we offer our thanks and continued support to each of these troops, as well as their families, as they begin this important mission.”

Earlier this week, Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, joined his Senate colleagues in a press conference to outline the ongoing crisis at the southern border, pressing the Biden administration to secure the border. In March, Hoeven traveled to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to see firsthand the ongoing illegal immigration crisis at the southern border with border patrol and local leaders. In July, the senator traveled with a bipartisan congressional delegation (CODEL) to Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Guatemala to discuss bilateral relations, including the need to work together to stop illegal immigration and prevent human and drug trafficking.