More than two dozen Republican governors are calling for a meeting with President Biden to discuss securing US borders, saying the wave of illegal immigration under the current administration has created an “international humanitarian crisis.”
A letter released Monday signed by 26 Republican governors, including Doug Ducey of Arizona, Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas, asks Biden to schedule a White House meeting in the next 15 days so they can have a “open and constructive dialogue regarding border enforcement on behalf of US citizens in our states and all those who hope to become US citizens.”
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Governors said border arrests were up nearly 500% from last year and about 9,700 illegal arrests had already been the subject of criminal convictions. They said more fentanyl was seized in this fiscal year than the past three years combined and that cartels and human traffickers are making millions by smuggling people and drugs across the border.
“While governors do what we can, our Constitution requires the President to faithfully enforce immigration laws passed by Congress,” the governors wrote. “Not only has the federal government created a crisis, but it has left our states to face challenges that only the federal government has a duty to solve.
“Our immigration system may be complicated and complex, but the solution to ending the border crisis is simple and straightforward,” they continued. “As President, you have the ability to take action to protect America, restore security, and end the crisis now.”
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The letter came a day after the U.S. government closed part of the southern border and began deporting hundreds of Haitian migrants who had camped around a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after passing through the town of Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.