Republican governors on Wednesday shared a 10-point plan to end the crisis at the southern border as they implored the Biden administration to address the continuing influx of migrants and reverse policies that they say are adding exponentially to the already record numbers.
“President Joe Biden has caused a humanitarian crisis and chaos on our border,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in Mission, Texas where he was with eight other governors. “All Americans saw what happened in Del Rio, Texas just last month and we know that chaos will be repeated unless and until President Biden takes action.”
“The president must act, he cannot ignore this humanitarian and national security crisis anymore,” Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said.
The Biden administration has faced an enormous surge in migrants at the border since taking office, with more than 200,000 migrants encountered at the border in both July and August. In September, more than 15,000 migrants, primarily Haitians, set up a makeshift camp under the International Bridge in Del Rio.
The Biden administration has continuously blamed root causes like poverty, corruption, and violence as well as the Trump administration ending legal asylum pathways for the surge. There are many who believe the Biden administration’s rollback of Trump-era policies has largely contributed to the crisis.
“It’s not a secret anymore,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said. “They have created this crisis and Americans know it.”
The governors unveiled a 10 point plan to resolve the crisis, including the full restoration of the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — which kept migrants in Mexico until their hearing; a federal court recently ordered the administration to restart the policy.
Separately, the governors demand the end of “catch-and-release,” additional border wall construction, an expansion of Title 42 expulsions, more federal law enforcement at the border, and for the administration to provide additional resources to maintain security at the border.
In his remarks, Abbott condemned DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas: “Secretary Mayorkas is a disaster in what he’s done and no-one should put any trust or confidence in what he says.”
Republican senators held a press conference where they blamed the Biden administration for the border crisis and requested for it to reverse decisions that they said made the crisis worse.
“This is a humanitarian crisis, this is a public health crisis, this is a national security crisis, and Joe Biden and [Vice President] Kamala Harris won’t do a damn thing about it,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said.
Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, noted the crisis has an impact in other states, as criminals and drugs spread across the country.
Please wake up,” Ernst said, referring to the administration. “You have to address this situation, Republicans have solutions we have outlined, it’s your time to act.”