Republican governors join Abbott in the Valley, discuss plan for border crisis
On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott, joined by nine Republican governors, visited the Valley to discuss their plan to slow the surge of migrants entering the country through the southern border.
The leaders' proposed action plan includes 10 steps they believe President Biden's administration should implement immediately to combat the current border situation.
"[Biden] refused to meet with us about this, and he completely ignored us," Abbott said during his Valley visit. "Texas and other states are taking action to do the federal government's job."
The framework of the leaders' proposed plan includes continuing Title 42 health restrictions, fully reinstating the Migrant Protection Protocols Program, and building the border wall. The Republican leaders say they believe the policies will make an immediate difference across state lines.
"The border sector in Yuma has more than a 1000% increase in apprehensions compared to last year," Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said. "The highest increase among all sectors."
But it's not just the increase in migrant apprehension that concerns state leaders like Ducey; it's the number of drugs entering the country.
"Almost 2000 pounds of fentanyl and over 13,000 pounds of methamphetamines have been seized in Arizona sectors alone," Ducey said. "Just think about how many drugs are slipping through the cracks and slipping into the bloodstreams in our communities."
According to Ducey, Arizona Sheriffs Deputies respond to calls involving fentanyl every 40 hours.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says at least 80% of deaths in his state are linked to fentanyl every week.
"This crisis of the southern border is a humanitarian crisis," DeWine said. "It's also a drug crisis. It's a fentanyl crisis."
The governors insist if policy changes are made immediately by the Biden administration, migrant crossings will slow down, and the number of drugs making their way across the country will decrease.