Republican governors demand Biden take action at southern border
"The months-long surge in illegal crossings has instigated an international humanitarian crisis , spurred a spike in international criminal activity, and opened the floodgates to human traffickers and drug smugglers endangering public health and safety in our states," the letter read.
The crisis has affected every state in the union and can no longer be ignored, the coalition of governors said, demanding a meeting with Biden within 15 days.
"Cartels and traffickers are making $14 million a day moving people illegally across the border. More fentanyl has been seized this fiscal year than the last three years combined — almost 10,500 pounds of fentanyl when only 2 milligrams prove fatal," the governors wrote. "This is enough to kill seven times the U.S. population."
The federal government's effort to relieve the disaster has been ineffective, and many individual states have had to step up and pledge their own resources to address the crisis, the letter added.
"Not only has the federal government created a crisis, it has left our states to deal with challenges that only the federal government has a duty to solve," the coalition said.
"We must end the current crisis and return to border operations that respect the laws of our land and the lives of all people, including those in our states looking to the federal government to enforce and protect our nation's borders," it read.
The Republican leaders said they recognized the president's many responsibilities, but argued that protecting the border is chief among them.
"While we know your responsibilities as Commander in Chief are substantial, ending the national crisis and securing our states must be a priority," the letter concluded.
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