All but one Republican governor in the U.S. signed a letter to President Biden demanding he crackdown on illegal migration coming over the United States southern border.
Arizona GOP Doug Ducey and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott led the 26-state coalition in writing a message to the Administration this Monday demanding a stop to the “national security problem created by eight months of not enforcing the borders.” The letter comes as the state of Texas comes under a flood of illegals close to the town of Del Rio, creating a crisis.
“The months-long increase in illegal border crossings has created an international crisis, spurred an increase in international crime, and opened the floodgates for drug smugglers and human traffickers endangering the safety and health in our states,” the governors said. “A crisis that started at our southern border now goes beyond to all states and requires fast action before the problem gets worse.”
“The negative affect of an unenforced border on the American public must no longer be ignored. Border captures are higher by almost 500% compared to 2020, being over 1.3 million— which is more than the populations of nine states. Around 9,700 illegals were seen with prior criminal convictions. Cartels and traffickers are now earning $14 million per day moving people over the border,” the letter says. “More fentanyl has been captured this fiscal year than the past three years combined—almost 10,500 pounds of fentanyl when just 2 milligrams can be fatal. This is enough to murder seven times the American population.”
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is the only GOP governor in the United States to not sign the letter.
On top of the coalition’s letter, Abbott also sent a separate message to Biden to request he give a federal emergency declaration over the border situation. Thousands of illegals are surging across the border at Del Rio and are being kept in a makeshift pen under an overpass with not much access to food, water, or shelter.
“Families, including children, need water, food and medical supplies that the government cannot supply,” the governor said. “Thousands of families are now immobilized in 100-degree heat as their crowd keeps swelling as they wait to get processed by the around 64 agents in the region. Individuals are camping in terrible conditions and bathing in the muddy river, causing great health worries.”
Author: Blake Ambrose