Iowa's 12-day trooper deployment to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas this month cost the state an estimated $300K, Iowa Department of Public Safety commissioner Stephan Bayens said during a press conference Wednesday.
- That includes roughly $150K in overtime costs, $100K for their traditional salaries and $50K in "hard costs," like lodging and food for the 28 state troopers, Bayens said.
Why it matters: The bill could get bigger.
- Iowa will evaluate whether the state's law enforcement officers will be deployed again, Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a press release.
Driving the news: Reynolds held a press conference Wednesday with State Patrol leaders highlighting the troopers' Texas mission.
- The federal government has abdicated its duties, she said, which has led to a 20-year high in border encounters and massive increases in illegal drug seizures.
State of play: Reynolds is one of at least eight Republican governors who have allocated armed personnel to the border this year in response to a request from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
- She's also one of 20 governors, all Republicans, who in May signed a letter to President Biden, saying the border is not secure.
The bottom line: Reynolds may genuinely believe there’s a crisis but, as Politico pointed out, politics are also involved.
- Midterm elections are in sight — and many of the GOP governors, including Reynolds, face reelection next year.
- Immigration is considered to be a key issue as Republicans attempt to win back control of Congress.
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