Upon entering office, President Joe Biden prioritized reversing or rescinding various immigration and border policies implemented by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
In the subsequent months, the U.S.-Mexico border has seen a surge in migration — and a group of prominent Republicans recently made it clear that they blame the current administration.
“A potentially unlimited number”
Twenty GOP governors signed on to the letter sent to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in which they provided a list of complaints and concerns, including a denunciation of their approach to handling the border crisis.
The governors declared that their respective states were not willing to provide relocation services or temporary housing to thousands of unaccompanied minors that have crossed the border in the recent surge.
According to the letter, however, they allege that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has circumvented their desires by contacting non-profit organizations and other charities within their states to host a large number of undocumented children.
The governors, including Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona, insisted that it is “unacceptable and unsustainable” for the “federal government to place a potentially unlimited number of unaccompanied migrant children into our states’ facilities for an unspecified length of time with almost zero transparency.”
They went on to write that they are not obligated to remedy a problem that many critics believe stemmed from Biden’s decision to reverse Trump-era rules meant to prevent such a border surge.
“Wide open for unlawful entry”
“We have neither the resources nor the obligation to solve the federal government’s problem and foot the bill for the consequences of this Administration’s misguided actions,” the governors added.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently attracted some criticism for declaring that the “border is closed” even as immigration numbers show that to be far from the truth.
The Biden administration is currently housing roughly 21,000 unaccompanied minors in what reports describe as an “opaque network” of facilities nationwide. According to the Associated Press, many of these facilities are packed with more than 1,000 children.
Even Democratic Del Rio, Texas, Mayor Bruno Lozano called the administration out on its assertion.
“I would very much disagree with that statement,” he said about Mayorkas’ comment. “The way that it’s been handling or been managed — it seems to be wide open for unlawful entry into the United States.”