The Biden administration’s immigration policies have been linked to a surge of migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, which has led to a logistical nightmare for many of the nation’s elected leaders.
While federal authorities are requesting that states shoulder much of that burden, at least one GOP governor made it clear that she is not interested.
“He needs to be responsible for this”
According to the Associated Press, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is rejecting a proposal that would require her state to take in a number of migrant children.
“This is not our problem,” she declared in a statement last week. “This is the president’s problem. He’s the one that has opened the border and he needs to be responsible for this and he needs to stop it.”
Another state official echoed that opposition to the Biden administration’s request.
According to Iowa Department of Human Services Director Kelly Garcia, her agency has “limited resources and administrative concerns” making it unfeasible to take in a large number of unaccompanied minors.
“We have an obligation to take care of our children first and absent the resources or a clear and comprehensive plan for federal support, we were unable to accommodate the request,” Garcia said.
“An incredibly saddening and difficult situation”
She went on to acknowledge, however, that “this is an incredibly saddening and difficult situation” for everyone involved.
Biden made it a priority of his administration to roll back many of the strict border policies of his immigration, leading to widespread criticism and blame for the current crisis on the southern border.
As he noted in 2019 during a Democratic presidential primary debate, the then-candidate said: “We’re a nation that says, ‘You want to flee, and you’re fleeing oppression, you should come.'”
Since his inauguration, Biden has suspended construction on a border wall and ended the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required asylum seekers to wait south of the border until their claims were processed.
The president also tasked Vice President Kamala Harris with overseeing aspects of the migrant surge, but she has thus far refused to personally visit the border to survey the situation for herself.