10 GOP governments line up at Rio Grande with National Guard to demand Biden reinstate Trump policies
Why isn’t Joe coming to the border? 10 Republican governors line up at Rio Grande with National Guard units to demand Biden reinstate Trump policies and stop migrant wave
- A group of 10 Republican governors, led by Texas’ Greg Abbott, gathered on the southern border on Wednesday for a news conference
- They demanded the Biden government to deal with the crisis
- Behind the governors were helicopters and US military vehicles
- “This is one of, if not the most pressing issue we face,” Abbott said
- Claimed the White House did not respond to a letter sent last month requesting a meeting with the president to discuss the southern border crisis
A group of Republican governors gathered on the southern border on Wednesday to demand that President Joe Biden address the migration crisis more directly, including by finishing the wall.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who was flanked by nine other GOP state leaders, said the president has declined to meet with them on the matter and regretted that he has still not visited the border the US shares with Mexico.
“This is one of, if not the most pressing issues we face,” Abbott said.
A group of 25 GOP governors sent a letter to Biden 16 days ago to demand a meeting with the president, but have yet to hear from the White House.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said during Wednesday’s press conference, “The situation here is certainly scandalous… It is a tragedy. And I can tell you that the border situation in Arizona is just as out of control.”
Abbott, the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, the governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, and the governor of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts, all spoke at the Texas news conference. Also in attendance were Governors Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, Mike DeWine of Ohio, Brian Kemp of Georgia, Brad Little of Idaho, Greg Gianforte of Montana and Mark Jordan of Wyoming.
A group of 10 Republican governors, led by Texas Greg Abbott, gathered on the southern border on Wednesday to demand that the Biden administration deal with the crisis there
“This is one of, if not the most pressing issue we face,” Abbott said, claiming that the White House has not responded to a letter sent last month asking GOP governors to meet with the president. the southern border to discuss crisis
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp posted a video on Twitter after the press conference claiming: ‘The Biden administration must act’
“There are three people responsible for making America more dangerous: President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and… [Department of Homeland Security] Minister Alejandro Mayorkas,’ said Ducey. “It’s not a secret anymore – they caused this crisis, and the Americans know it.”
“This year, President Biden took the oath of office,” he continued, “instead of commanding our military, he has ordered drug cartels and other criminals to destroy the United States.”
Ducey demanded “it’s time they do something about it,” claiming Biden is either “not willing to solve this crisis, or he doesn’t know how.”
After the meeting, Kemp posted a video on Twitter that he took with his phone in the car, writing: “I just completed a briefing on the border crisis with my fellow governors. One thing is clear: the Biden administration must act.”
The governors have outlined things they believe will handle the southern border crisis better than what the government is currently doing, including by restarting Trump-era migrant protection protocols or the so-called “Stay in Mexico” policy.
They also demanded that Biden maintain Title 42, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provision that allows for faster deportation during a nationwide health emergency. The Biden administration has said it is using Title 42 to deport illegal immigrants.
Biden’s former border security chief Rodney Scott told Fox on Tuesday that the US was paying $5 million a day to stop building Trump’s border wall.
Finishing the wall, the group claimed on Wednesday, is still a key priority to stem the massive influx of migrants through the southern border.
Biden’s former border security chief Rodney Scott told Fox News on Tuesday that the US at one point paid $5 million a day to stop building Trump’s border wall, which the administration stopped building on Day 1.
“A lot of those projects are still on hold today, so we’re paying contractors,” Scott told Special Report host Bret Baier. “For a while it was almost $5 million a day between DoD [Department of Defense] and DHS [Department of Homeland Security] not to build the border wall.’
Scott also said he was very forward-thinking with Biden that if all Trump-era initiatives to suppress migration were stopped, it would cause disaster on the southern border.
“We made it very clear that if we dropped all the initiatives that have been put in place in recent years, we would have a mass migration that we would not be able to control,” he said.