UPDATED 11:24 AM PT – Monday, September 20, 2021
A group of more than two dozen GOP governors fired off a letter to Joe Biden in which they requested a meeting at the White House regarding the crisis at southern border. In the open letter, signed by 26 governors Monday, they said the crisis now extends beyond every state and requires immediate action before it gets even worse.
The governors also said the situation has endangered public health and safety in their states by opening the floodgates to human trafficking as well as drug smuggling. According to the group, apprehensions are up by more than 500 percent compared to last year. The governors are asking Biden for an open and constructive dialogue about border enforcement. They want a meeting within the next 15 days.
NEW 🚨 26 GOP Governors Demand Biden End The Border Crisis
— The RGA (@The_RGA) September 20, 2021
Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas spoke at the border crossing at Del Rio, Texas to address the ongoing migrant crisis there. During a speech Monday morning, he said there are currently 600 agents, DHS personnel and volunteers assisting border security efforts at the Del Rio crossing.
Over the past month, thousands of Haitan migrants have flooded that area of the border with many resorting to camping out under a bridge. Earlier this year, the White House halted deportation flights for Haitians following the assassination of the Caribbean nation’s president. Mayorkas said now, however, they are working to speed up flights back to the country amid the ongoing migrant surge.
Biden DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas continues to claim “our borders are not open” despite border crossings being at a 21-year HIGH. pic.twitter.com/xlxxU85WLj
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 20, 2021