Scenes from the Haitian encampment are just one facet of a much larger migrant crisis that has played out along America’s southern border, and this week, all but 2 of the nation’s Republican governors made clear that they’re beyond sick and tired of the administration’s lack of response.
As The Daily Wire reported, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) and Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) joined 24 additional GOP governors in signing a letter in which they excoriated President Joe Biden’s border policy record.
“The months-long surge in illegal crossings has instigated an international humanitarian crisis, spurred a spike in international criminal activity, and opened the floodgates to human traffickers and drug smugglers endangering public health and safety in our states,” the letter read.
“A crisis that began at our southern border now extends beyond to every state and requires immediate action before the situation worsens. The negative impacts of an unenforced border policy on the American people can no longer be ignored,” the group of governors wrote.
The GOP governors went on to complain that apprehensions are up fivefold over 2020, with the number of illegal border crossers “totaling more than 1.3 million—more people than the populations of nine U.S. states.”
Furthermore, they pointed out that “9,700 illegal apprehensions have prior criminal conviction,” while human traffickers are thought to be pulling down “$14 million a day moving people illegally across the border.”
The Republican leaders also took note of the spike in cartel-driven drug smuggling, particularly focusing on the deadly substance known as fentanyl, of which more “has been seized this fiscal year than the last three years combined.” They concluded by asking for an audience with the president, saying, “Due to the emergent crisis, we respectfully request a meeting as soon as your schedule allows within 15 days.”
The governors added: “While we know your responsibilities as Commander in Chief are substantial, ending the national crisis and securing our states must be a priority.”
The polls are bad
Recent polling data reveals that there is widespread dissatisfaction over how President Biden has managed the border crisis, and it isn’t limited to just Republicans. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that only 38% of Americans approve of Biden’s performance on the southern U.S. border crisis.
Meanwhile, a survey from the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas-Tyler reported that just 35% of Hispanic voters in Texas favored Biden’s approach to the issue, spelling trouble for shoring up the Hispanic voting base in 2022 and beyond.
Only time will tell when, or if, the Biden administration manages to quash the latest development on the border with the Haitian migrants, but it’s also not a stretch to presume that additional migrant caravans could soon be on the way, which would be nothing less than catastrophic for an already struggling administration.