With over 12,000 migrants camped out in Del Rio, Texas, after crossing from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, Gov. Doug Ducey, along with 25 other governors, announced Monday morning that they are requested a border meeting with President Joe Biden.
The letter to the President detail how the governors want to find a way to end “the national security crisis created by eight months of unenforced borders.” They say the entire country is affected. “A crisis that began at our southern border now extends beyond to every state and requires immediate action before the situation worsens,” the letter reads.
“Border apprehensions are up almost 500% compared to last year, totaling more than 1.3 million — more people than the populations of nine U.S. states,” the letter states. “Approximately 9,700 illegal apprehensions have prior criminal convictions. Cartels and traffickers are making $14 million a day moving people illegally across the border. More fentanyl has been seized this fiscal year than the last three years combined — almost 10,500 pounds of fentanyl when only 2 milligrams prove fatal. This is enough to kill seven times the U.S. population.”
The governors are requesting that the meeting happen within the next 15 days as they would like Biden and the White House to make this a priority. The governors of Texas, Alabama, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Utah are among those requesting the meeting. The majority of the states say they have done what they can at the state level and need some federal reinforcement.
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