A group of 20 Republican Governors sent a letter to Joe Biden demanding that he get the border under control and stop flooding their states with illegal immigrants.
GOP governors signing on to it included Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon.
The letter made it clear those Republican Governors were very unhappy with Joe Biden’s incompetence on the border.
Gov. Cox signs a joint letter to President Biden on border crisis https://t.co/ctRIAzUTpp
— Utah.gov (@UtahGov) May 12, 2021
We call on you to take action on the crisis at the southern border immediately. Contrary to statements from your Administration, the border is neither closed nor secure. In fact, the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) reports a staggering surge in recent crossings: 172,000 encounters in March, the highest number in nearly 20 years, as well as 18,890 unaccompanied children, the largest monthly number in history.
The crisis is too big to ignore and is now spilling over the border states into all of our states. Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called upon many of our states to identify potential housing locations for migrants. In addition, the Department circumvented our states altogether by asking private organizations and nonprofits to house unaccompanied migrant children. Often these facilities lack adequate security. Allowing the federal government to place a potentially unlimited number of unaccompanied migrant children into our states’ facilities for an unspecified length of time with almost zero transparency is unacceptable and unsustainable. We have neither the resources nor the obligation to solve the federal government’s problem and foot the bill for the consequences of this Administration’s misguided actions.
…The cause of the border crisis is entirely due to reckless federal policy reversals executed within your first 100 days in office. The rhetoric of the Biden Administration and the rollback of critical agreements with our allies have led to the inhumane treatment of tens of thousands of children and undermined a fragile immigration system. While the most direct victims of the policy changes will be the children exploited and trafficked by gangs and cartels, the disastrous impact of your polices on America’s recovery will be farreaching.
Although their hearts are in the right place, this letter isn’t going to solve the problem. Yes, Biden is going to build a tiny slice of the border wall, but he has deliberately unleashed an avalanche on the whole Southern border and building a small bit of wall isn’t going to do much to change that. If liberal states can have sanctuary cities, conservative states may need to start policing their own borders and taking steps to keep Joe Biden or nonprofts from bringing illegal aliens there.
That would lead to court challenges, but it’s a good start. What Joe Biden is doing is intolerable, un-American and should be uncontroversially considered unconstitutional. After all, Article 2 says the President “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” That certainly isn’t what’s happening with illegal immigration and it needs to change.
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