In response to Gov. Greg Abbott's request for assistance, twenty-four Republican governors committed to helping secure the 1,254-mile-border and commended the Texas Republican for the recent actions he was forced to take due to the failures of the Biden administration's open-border policies, according to the Washington Examiner.
"The federal government’s response handling the expiration of Title 42 has represented a complete failure of the Biden Administration," the joint statement reads. "While the federal government has abdicated its duties, Republican governors stand ready to protect the U.S.-Mexico border and keep families safe."
“All states have suffered from the effects of deadly illegal drugs coming across the border, and every state is a border state due to the devastating influx of drugs in our communities. Republican governors are leading the way to address the border crisis by increasing fentanyl sentencing and increasing support for law enforcement interdiction of drugs, among other measures," they continued.
“Texas Governor Greg Abbott has exemplified leadership at a critical time, leading the way with Operation Lone Star, and deploying the Texas Tactical Border Force to prevent illegal crossings and keep the border secure. We support the efforts to secure the border led by Governor Abbott."
On Tuesday afternoon, Abbott sent an urgent request to all of the nation's governors asking them to band together to defeat the invasion at the US/Mexico border, something he said impacts every community in the United States.
"The flood of illegal border activity invited by the Biden Administration flows directly across the southern border into Texas communities, but this crisis does not stop in our state. Emboldened Mexican drug cartels and other transnational criminal enterprises profit off this chaos, smuggling people and dangerous drugs like fentanyl into communities nationwide," Abbott wrote.
“In the federal government’s absence, we, as Governors, must band together to combat President Biden’s ongoing border crisis and ensure the safety and security that all Americans deserve," he requested.
While no Democratic governors responded to the letter, twenty-four Republicans pledged to help from states which include: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The Democratic governors of New Mexico, Arizona, and California, neighboring border states, did not acknowledge Abbott's request for help.
The joint statement comes as the former chiefs of ICE and CBP warned that the Biden administration's open-border policies are the greatest threat to US national security. According to The Washington Examiner, there have been at least 125 suspected terrorists apprehended on the border in this fiscal year alone.
Abbott has deployed the Texas National Guard to the southern border following the expiration of the public health authority Title 42, enacted during the Trump administration that expelled illegal immigrants over health concerns.
The Border Patrol Union has repeatedly called out the Biden administration's border failures on Twitter and said that there have been up to 10,000 daily apprehensions with more than 100,000 immigrants waiting in Mexico to illegally cross over.
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