Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) put out a call for assistance to defend the U.S. southern border.
24 Republican governors reportedly have responded to the call since the Biden administration is M.I.A. in securing the country’s border.
“I thank my fellow Governors for their support as Texas responds to Biden’s border crisis. Idaho & Florida have answered our call. Look forward to other Governors joining our effort to provide the security Biden has failed to deliver for Americans,” Abbott tweeted.
I thank my fellow Governors for their support as Texas responds to Biden's border crisis.
Idaho & Florida have answered our call.
Look forward to other Governors joining our effort to provide the security Biden has failed to deliver for Americans.https://t.co/SDY7x8utaP
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 17, 2023
“In @JoeBiden’s America, every state is a border state. So I’m happy to hear that 24 Republican Governors have agreed to help defend Texas’s border,” Kari Lake said.
Lake said Arizona would be leading this fight if she wasn’t battling the fraudulent gubernatorial election.
In @JoeBiden's America, every state is a border state.
So I'm happy to hear that 24 Republican Governors have agreed to help defend Texas's border.
If I were in @9thFloorAZ, Arizona would be leading this fight.
We can't afford to sit on the sidelines. https://t.co/TAZG7yKtxm
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) May 18, 2023
“The federal government’s response handling the expiration of Title 42 has represented a complete failure of the Biden Administration,” the governors wrote in a joint statement.
24 Republican governors commit to help Texas defend its border | Just The News https://t.co/YKYWbNTd8M
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) May 17, 2023
Just the News reported:
Title 42 allowed for the quick expulsion of foreign nationals who’d entered the U.S. illegally during the COVID-19 pandemic. With its end, an estimated 150,000 foreign nationals from all over the world are waiting in Mexico to illegally enter the U.S. at any moment, border officials say.
This is after at least more than 7 million people have been apprehended or reported evading capture by law enforcement since President Joe Biden’s been in office.
The Biden administration recently sent 1,500 military personnel to the border and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent several thousand federal employees to help Border Patrol agents expedite processing of foreign nationals into the U.S., not to block their entry, administration officials have explained.
While doing so, the president and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas continue to argue the border is closed.
Within the past few days, groups of tens of thousands of foreign nationals arrived in the Rio Grande Valley and in other areas of Texas, overwhelming Border Patrol agents, officials said. Abbott has already sent more than 10,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border as border communities continue to declare emergencies.
“While the federal government has abdicated its duties, Republican governors stand ready to protect the U.S.-Mexico border and keep families safe,” the group of 24 governors said.
“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,” the statement added.
The Center Square noted:
The governors pledging support in addition to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is deploying troops and resources in the next 24 hours, include those of 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.
They pledged their support within hours of Abbott’s request for help Tuesday afternoon.
In his letter to his fellow 49 governors, Abbott wote, “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.
“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.”