MCALLEN, TX – Today, the Republican governors who had requested a meeting with President Joe Biden to discuss the border released ten policy solutions the Biden administration could enact immediately to protect America, restore security, and put us on a path to end the crisis at the southern border. Nearly a dozen Republican governors joined together in Mission, TX to meet with Texas Department of Public Safety officials and discuss how these steps could reduce record levels of illegal immigration.
The governors, led by Governors Doug Ducey and Greg Abbott, had sent a letter to Biden on September 20th, requesting a meeting within 15 days to discuss the crisis on the southern border – including a nearly 500% surge in border apprehensions and the seizure of more fentanyl this year than the last three years combined. Since then, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has inaccurately accused Republicans of not offering solutions and made excuses for the President, who has spent his life in politics and appears to have never visited the border. Not having the time is no excuse, the President has repeatedly had “his schedule cleared.”
“For the past eight months of Joe Biden’s presidency, we’ve witnessed an uncontrolled southern border due to this administration’s policies,” said RGA Chairman Governor Doug Ducey. “Republican governors have answered the call in the absence of leadership and lack of resources from the federal government, but urgent federal action is needed as the impact of the surges in unaccompanied children, deadly drugs, and criminals is being felt in states throughout the country.”
The solutions included in the joint policy framework are:
- Continue Title 42 public health restrictions.
- Fully reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols.
- Finish securing the border.
- End catch and release.
- Clear the judicial backlog.
- Resume the deportation of all criminals.
- Dedicate federal resources to eradicate human tracfficking and drug trafficking.
- Re-enter all agreements with our Northern Triangle partners and Mexico.
- Send a clear message to potential migrants.
- Deploy more federal law enforcement officers.
Read the entirety of the joint policy framework on the border crisis here.