The governors of Texas and Arizona, Greg Abbott and Doug Ducey, respectively, are asking their counterparts in other states to send police personnel to the border to help stop the crisis on the southern border with Mexico. Infrastructure and officials are collapsing due to the lack of response from the White House to deal with the thousands of migrants trying to cross illegally into the United States.
The desperation they are going through in the border areas led the governors to take matters into their own hands due to the lack of response and indifference from federal authorities.
In a letter to their fellow governors, Abbott and Ducey wrote this week, “On behalf of Texas and Arizona, we respectfully but urgently request that you send all available law-enforcement resources to the border in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Border states have been dealing with an increase in migrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally from Mexico at the southern border. In May alone, there were more than 180,000 migrants encountered, including more than 10,000 unaccompanied children.
In the two hardest-hit states, new or remodeled emergency facilities have been created to house migrants crossing the border, including the use of hotels by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but the facilities are quickly becoming overcrowded with the steady increase in homeless arrivals.
Both states have repeatedly called on the Biden administration to take steps to cooperate in the situation, warning that the effects of uncontrolled immigration will soon reach the rest of the states as well.
“This failure to enforcement federal immigration laws causes banns that spill over into every State. The cartels will see to it that their deadly fentanyl and human-trafficking victims reach far and wide,” the letter says. “The convicted criminals they smuggle into the homeland will bring recidivism with them to far too many of your communities.”
The White House refuses to acknowledge that there is a real crisis. The person in charge of solving the problem, Vice President Kamala Harris, has not even given a conference to inform what measures they are implementing to solve it, nor has she visited the conflict zone.
Faced with this situation, the governors of Texas and Arizona decided to act independently to seek a solution.
“Texas and Arizona have stepped forward to secure the border in the absence of the federal government, and now the Emergency Management Assistance Compact gives your state the opportunity to stand with us,” the governors said.
While the governors pointed to the billions they had spent on border security in the last while, as well as disaster declarations, they argue that “additional manpower is needed from any state that can spare it.”
Abbott, during an interview with Newsmax last week, was decisive in stating that the Biden administration “Is completely ignoring the crisis on the border, and that’s why, as governor, I have to step up and do the job of the federal government.”
In this sense, Abbott announced the construction of a wall to try to stop the uncontrolled number of people trying to cross, thus resuming the project started by former President Donald Trump.
“I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall,” Abbott revealed during a border security summit in the city of Del Rio, according to the Washington Examiner.