’26 governors launch a Border Strike Force to ‘secure the southern border’ and ‘do what the Biden administration won’t” ‘No governors of blue states are part of the effort.’


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26 governors launch a Border Strike Force to ‘secure the southern border’ and ‘do what the Biden administration won’t’ by tackling drug smugglers and human traffickers with weeks until Title 42 is dropped

  • Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday the launch of the American Governors’ Border Strike Force
  • The initiative includes all 26 Republican governors teaming up to ‘fill the void created by federal inaction and work to secure the southern border’
  • The number of crossings reached a two-decade high in March with CBP apprehending 221,303 migrants
  • When Title 42 ends next month, estimates predict the monthly crossers could triple to 18,000 encounters per day

By Katelyn Caralle, U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:44 EDT, 19 April 2022 | Updated: 22:43 EDT, 19 April 2022

All 26 Republican governors launched an initiative Tuesday to help secure the southern border as the U.S. braves for a tripling in migration once the Biden administration ends pandemic-era Title 42 next month.

The American Governors’ Border Strike Force, led by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, is aimed at ‘fill[ing] the void created by federal inaction and work to secure the southern border by sharing intelligence, strengthening cybersecurity and improving efforts to protect children and families.’

‘Today’s announcement comes as the Biden administration is preparing to lift Title 42, a common-sense policy that has helped secure the border,’ Ducey’s office wrote of the new initiative.

Border crossing numbers skyrocketed in March to the highest point of Joe Biden‘s presidency with Customs and border Protection (CBP) apprehending 221,303 migrants crossing the southern border.

Since Biden took office in January 2021, CBP has encountered more than 2.4 million migrants.

‘The American Governors’ Border Strike Force will serve as a force multiplier in the fight against criminal activity directly tied to our border. My thanks to my fellow governors who saw the problem and chose to be part of the solution.’

The red states where governors are joining the strike force include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

No governors of blue states are part of the effort.

Border Patrol has expressed the need for more analytical and cyber assistance – as well as more boots on the ground to help with securing the border instead of getting stuck working at processing centers.

The 26-state-wide effort includes several initiatives that will target cartels and drug and human smuggling.

‘With record breaking migration leading to an overwhelming amount of apprehensions at the southern border, law enforcement is stretched too thin to effectively combat the cartels,’ Ducey’s office statement reads.

‘This leads to more drugs entering the country, more dangerous individuals avoiding arrest, and more victims of human trafficking,’ it adds.

The effort will also improve sharing of intelligence and analyses of crimes in respective states that could help with border security.

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