These 25 governors signed onto a letter demanding the Biden administration answer for the crisis at our southern border: Governor Mike Dunleavy (AK), Governor Kay Ivey (AL), Governor Sarah Sanders (AR), Governor Ron DeSantis (FL), Governor Brian Kemp (GA), Governor Kim Reynolds (IA), Governor Brad Little (ID), Governor Eric Holcomb (IN), Governor Mike Parson (MO), Governor Tate Reeves (MS), Governor Greg Gianforte (MT), Governor Jim Pillen (NE), Governor Doug Burgum (ND), Governor Chris Sununu (NH), Governor Joe Lombardo (NV), Governor Mike DeWine (OH), Governor Kevin Stitt (OK), Governor Henry McMaster (SC), Governor Kristi Noem (SD), Governor Bill Lee (TN), Governor Greg Abbott (TX), Governor Spencer Cox (UT), Governor Glenn Youngkin (VA), Governor Jim Justice (WV), and Governor Mark Gordon (WY).
More than two dozen governors are calling on President Biden to provide “honest, accurate, detailed information” about the ongoing migrant crisis at the southern border, including where migrants are moving to and data on removals and asylum claims – as they warn that states are facing “staggering” costs related to the crisis.
“As a result of your policies which incentivize illegal immigration, our states are carrying the burden of both the years-long surge in illegal border crossings and cartels’ coordinated trafficking of drugs and human beings,” the 25 governors led by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, say in a letter to Biden.
“States are on the front lines, working around-the clock responding to the effects of this crisis: shelters are full, food pantries empty, law enforcement strained, and aid workers exhausted,” they say. “As governors, we call on you to provide honest, accurate, detailed information on where the migrants admitted at the southern border are being relocated in the United States, in addition to comprehensive data on asylum claim timelines and qualification rates, and successful deportations.”
The letter comes amid a fresh spike in numbers at the southern border. Numbers dipped in June but have been rising in July and August, with sources telling Fox last week that August numbers are expected to be around 230,000 encounters.
Multiple Border Patrol sectors are facing overcrowding and agents have been releasing migrants onto the streets in Tucson and San Diego. Fox has previously reported how leadership has sought to speed up the process of either removing or releasing migrants due to the numbers they are facing. Agents apprehended over 8,000 illegal immigrants in a single 24-hour period this week, increasing to 9,700+ when combined with migrants who entered via ports of entry. There are over 21,000 migrants in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody.