The governors of 20 states have penned a letter to President Joe Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris asking that they treat the immigration crisis currently engulfing the country’s southern border with the seriousness it deserves. NumbersUSA, a non-partisan immigration-reduction organization, points out in a report on the letter on its website that the letter contradicts the “unsettlingly common lie” propagated in statements by the administration that the country’s southern border is under control.
NumbersUSA, which welcomes members from all political persuasions, was founded on the principle that, to benefit society as a whole, governments should focus on implementing policies that enable them to select the right number of authorized immigrants to allow into the country. The group’s emphasis on controlled, limited immigration has not been heeded by the Biden Administration thus far, as evidenced by its lax approach to enforcing the nation’s immigration laws. This neglect in dealing with the flood of illegal aliens swarming over the border is strongly criticized in the governors’ letter.
“We call on you to take action on the crisis at the southern border immediately,” the letter begins. “Contrary to statements from your Administration, the border is neither closed nor secure.”
To emphasize that the situation at the border currently is very much a crisis, in the letter the governors stress statistics highlighting that fact. “In fact, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) reports a staggering surge in recent crossings: 172,000 encounters in March, the highest number in nearly 20 years, as well as 18,890 unaccompanied children, the largest monthly number in history.”
After introducing the issues currently facing the country at its border with Mexico, the governors explain why they are writing the President.
“The crisis is too big to ignore and is now spilling over the border states into all of our states,” the governors write. “Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called upon many of our states to identify potential housing locations for migrants. In addition, the Department circumvented our states altogether by asking private organizations and nonprofits to house unaccompanied migrant children. Often these facilities lack adequate security.”
The governors then explain why this action by the federal government is uncalled for:
“Allowing the federal government to place a potentially unlimited number of unaccompanied migrant children into our states’ facilities for an unspecified length of time with almost zero transparency is unacceptable and unsustainable. We have neither the resources nor the obligation to solve the federal government’s problem and foot the bill for the consequences of this Administration’s misguided actions.”
After informing Biden and Harris of the situation at the border and the fact that dealing with it falls under the purview of the federal government and not the states, the governors place the blame for the crisis squarely where it belongs – on the actions taken by the current administration immediately upon taking office.
“The cause of the border crisis is entirely due to reckless federal policy reversals executed within your first 100 days in office,” the letter reads. The governors also cite Biden’s “irresponsible rhetoric” as a factor that invites and incentivizes continued illegal immigration along with his abdication of his responsibility to enforce the immigration laws currently on the books.
“This Administration has enticed a rush of migrants to our border and incentivized an influx of illegal crossings by using irresponsible rhetoric and reversing a slew of policies—from halting border wall construction to eliminating asylum agreements to refusing to enforce immigration laws,” the governors write.
The letter continues: “The rhetoric of the Biden Administration and the rollback of critical agreements with our allies have led to the inhumane treatment of tens of thousands of children and undermined a fragile immigration system. While the most direct victims of the policy changes will be the children exploited and trafficked by gangs and cartels, the disastrous impact of your policies on America’s recovery will be far-reaching.”
The letter also comments on the opinions expressed by some Mexican officials that the change in U.S. border policy has been deleterious by attracting increased illegal immigration and providing business opportunities for organized crime. The letter goes on to quote the President of Mexico: “As Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated, ‘They see [Biden] as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States.’”
Finally, the governors end the letter with an appeal to the President and Vice President:
“At a time when our country is trying to recover from a once-in-a-generation pandemic, the last thing we need is a self-created crisis that exploits families, undermines public safety, and threatens our national security. We urge you to take action to end the humanitarian crisis and secure our southern border immediately.”
The following governors signed the letter:
Governors Bill Lee of Tennessee, Kay Ivey of Alabama, Doug Ducey of Arizona, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Brian Kemp of Georgia, Brad Little of Idaho, Eric Holcomb of Indiana, Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Tate Reeves of Mississippi, Mike Parson of Missouri, Greg Gianforte of Montana, Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Greg Abbott of Texas, Spencer Cox of Utah, and Mark Gordon of Wyoming
NumbersUSA, based in Washington D.C. and Arlington, Virginia, is the largest grassroots organization focused on immigration reduction in the U.S. The nonpartisan group has more than eight million participants including conservatives, liberals and moderates. Its members are encouraged to persuade public officials that the country stands to benefit from reducing immigration numbers toward traditional levels, thereby enabling current and future generations to enjoy a standard of living that isn’t negatively impacted by excessive immigration numbers.
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