President Joe Biden’s immigration policy has been a major point of contention for his GOP rivals throughout the first nine months of his term.
As a border crisis continues to rage unabated, a majority of Republican governors have sent a strongly worded letter to the White House demanding that the president put an end to the stubbornly high rate of illegal immigration.
“Bring an end to the national security crisis”
Govs. Doug Ducey of Arizona and Greg Abbott of Texas are among the notable signers given their frequent criticism of Biden and the fact that their respective states share a border with Mexico. Phil Scott of Vermont is the only sitting GOP governor who did not sign the letter.
The latest request comes as thousands of Haitian migrants have been camping out underneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
Images of the encampment are further evidence of a crisis that has steadily worsened since Biden took office in January.
Of course, the current administration has offered no evidence that it plans to begin enforcing current immigration laws — and the situation in Del Rio has apparently not changed that position.
Those who did endorse the statement included a request to meet Biden at the White House in an effort to “bring an end to the national security crisis created by eight months of unenforced borders.”
“Challenges that only the federal government has a duty to solve”
The letter noted that dangerous drugs, particularly fentanyl, have spilled across the border at a troubling rate even as the number of undocumented immigrants has grown larger than the entire population of at least nine U.S. states.
“Not only has the federal government created a crisis, it has left our states to deal with challenges that only the federal government has a duty to solve,” the governors wrote.
While there is little doubt among Biden’s critics that his policies have exacerbated the situation, it also seems clear that he will not make a decisive move to fix the mess on his own.
In fact, Vice President Kamala Harris and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have sought to attack border patrol agents for allegedly mistreating migrants instead of forcefully advocating for the types of reform that would address the underlying problem.
For his part, Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson called out Abbott for his apparent unwillingness to make good on a promise to deploy National Guard troops to secure the southern border, adding: “Sincerely, please, come on and tell us how you plan to save the rest of us from what is happening in your state.”