Ten GOP governors announced on Wednesday a 10-point plan to stop President Joe Biden’s border crisis that has led to over 1.5 million illegal immigrants unlawfully entering the United States since January.
During a press conference in Mission, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott was joined by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon.
The group’s plan recommends that the Biden administration continue Title 42 public health restrictions, fully reinstate the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols, finish securing the border with a wall, end catch and release, and clear the judicial backlog that reportedly involves a record-breaking 1 million illegal immigrants.
The governors also said the Biden administration should resume the deportation of all criminals, dedicate federal resources to eradicate human trafficking and drug trafficking, re-enter all agreements with the United States’ Northern Triangle partners and Mexico, send a clear message to potential migrants, and deploy more federal law enforcement officers to the already overwhelmed border.
“The Biden Administration’s open border policies have led to complete chaos at the southern border, and pose a threat to the safety of Texans and all Americans,” Gov. Abbott said. “Texas has stepped up to keep our communities safe and mitigate this crisis ourselves, and our efforts have been made stronger by the support and assistance of governors from across the nation. I thank the state governors who are here with me today for their support and for visiting the border to see firsthand the ramifications of President Biden’s disastrous policies. Together, we are sending a strong message to the Biden Administration that we will not tolerate their refusal to secure the border — and we will continue to do whatever it takes to keep our communities safe.”
Gov. Ducey said the group is “not going to sit around while Biden refuses to act,” adding that they have attempted to meet with the president to help find a solution, but he refuses.
“No, worse — he ignores us, just like he’s ignoring the border and the well-being of the American people,” Ducey continued. “If the president won’t meet with us, then we’ll share our policy ideas today. Hopefully he will hear our solutions and begin to act.”
Last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed Republicans weren’t making an effort to be part of the solution to the border crisis.
“For all of those Republicans who are standing at the border and giving speeches about how broken the system is, why don’t you join us and be a part of the solution?” she said.
As the Biden administration continues to allow the migrant crisis, more than 123 landowners near the U.S.-Mexico border also stepped up in September and said they will allow the state of Texas to erect temporary fencing on their properties to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants.