A group of Republican governors announced on Sunday that they will travel to Mission, Texas to hold a press conference on the ongoing border crisis.
Specifically, the press conference, at the U.S. Southern border, will take place on Wednesday and seemingly highlight the large increase in illegal immigration.
Repeatedly, Abbott and other governors have slammed President Joe Biden for his lack of action, which opponents argue have allowed the crisis to continue.
According to a press release from Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office, the Texas governor will be joined by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Idaho Governor Brad Little, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon.
Previously, the group of Republican leaders issued a letter to President Joe Biden, demanding a visit to discuss measures to curb the crisis.
“Despite the lack of federal action to reverse the crisis, many states have stepped up and committed unprecedented resources to support the security of our national border. We have heard directly from our constituents about the damage this crisis has caused in our states, and it is our duty as elected officials to act swiftly to protect our communities, as it is yours,” the state officials wrote.
Furthermore, the letter highlighted the large rise in apprehensions that has left Border Patrol heavily strained.
“The negative impacts of an unenforced border policy on the American people can no longer be ignored,” wrote the governors in their letter. “Border apprehensions are up almost 500% compared to last year, totaling more than 1.3 million — more people than the populations of nine U.S. states.”
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