“We call on you to take action on the crisis at the southern border immediately. Contrary to statements from your Administration, the border is neither closed nor secure,” governors of 20 U.S. states told President Joe Biden in a letter Tuesday.
“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,” the governors tell Biden, rejecting his administration’s efforts to house the overflow of illegal immigrants in their states.
Biden’s plan is both “unacceptable and unsustainable,” the governors say:
“The crisis is too big to ignore and is now spilling over the border states into all of our states. 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.
“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.”
“The cause of the border crisis is entirely due to reckless federal policy reversals executed within your first 100 days in office,” the governors tell the president, blaming his “irresponsible rhetoric” for inviting and incentivizing illegal immigration, as well as decision to halt border wall construction and refusal to enforce existing immigration laws:
“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 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 polices on America’s recovery will be far-reaching.
“Federal, state, and local authorities are overwhelmed, and the situation on the ground is heartbreaking.”
“A self-created crisis” of illegal immigration on top of the coronavirus pandemic is the last thing their states need, the governors say, calling on Biden to take immediate action to address the problem:
“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.”