Fox’s first appearance: More than 20 governors call on President Biden to provide “honest, accurate and detailed information” about the ongoing immigration crisis at the southern border, including where migrants are going and data on deportations and asylum claims. There is. States face “staggering” costs related to the crisis.
“As a result of your policies encouraging illegal immigration, our state is burdened by both a years-long surge in illegal border crossings and organized drug and human trafficking by cartels. I’m carrying it on my back,” he said.Gianforte says in the letter To Biden.
“States are on the front lines, responding around the clock to the effects of this crisis. Shelters are full, food pantries are empty, law enforcement is strained, and aid workers are exhausted.” says. “As governor, we want to give you comprehensive data on asylum application timelines, application rates, and deportation successes, as well as honest information about where immigrants admitted at the southern border are sent to in the United States. We request that you provide accurate and detailed information.”
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The letter comes amid a new population surge at the southern border. That number fell in June but rose in July and August, and sources told Fox last week that August’s number of encounters is expected to be about 230,000.
Multiple Border Patrol divisions are facing overcrowding, with agents releasing migrants onto the streets of Tucson and San Diego. Fox previously reported that leadership is seeking to speed up the process of removing or releasing immigrants because of the numbers they face. This week, law enforcement authorities arrested more than 8,000 illegal immigrants in 24 hours, increasing to more than 9,700 people who entered the country through ports of entry. More than 21,000 immigrants are in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody.
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The letter also cited an increase in illegal border crossings at the northern border, growing concerns about immigrants on terrorist watch lists, and the ongoing fentanyl crisis, which is typically produced in Mexico and then brought across the U.S. land border. (drugs). Governors have pointed to the ongoing costs the crisis is having on the state.
“States are forced to provide financial, educational, and medical assistance to immigrants who enter our country illegally. Record inflation and an unprecedented influx of immigrants into our states have caused the cost of that assistance to soar. ” they say. “The financial impact on the state is staggering, and it is our hardworking citizens who are shouldering the burden.”
Mr. Gianforte, who led the letter, is a member of the U.S. Governor’s Border Strike Force and visited the border after Title 42 expired in May. He also signed a bill banning “sanctuary” cities in Montana.
Although the letter’s signatories are Republicans, they note that criticism of the government’s handling of the crisis is “not a partisan issue,” echoing recent criticism from Democrats such as New York Mayor Eric Adams and Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey. emphasized. They criticized the government’s inaction and called for more funding and a declaration of a national emergency.
Along with Gianforte, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Ohio. The governors of Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming all signed the letter.
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The governors argue that without the information they requested, they “will not be able to fulfill their fundamental duty to protect residents while providing appropriate services to their communities.”
The administration has repeatedly pushed back against criticism of its policies from Republicans, and there are signs that its strategy of imposing new penalties for illegal immigration and increasing channels for “legal” immigration while working with international partners is working. He said that there is. The agency targets fentanyl smuggling, with operations intercepting nearly 10,000 pounds of fentanyl in two months and more offenders arrested for fentanyl-related crimes in the past two years than in the previous five years combined. The report points out the progress made in the country.
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Meanwhile, it has called on Congress to provide more funding, including $4 billion in immigration and border funding in the supplemental funding request, and a comprehensive immigration reform bill to fix a “broken” system. I pushed ahead with the submission.
Meanwhile, Republicans are pushing their own legislation to overhaul border security and refugee laws, and are trying to incorporate them into a continuing resolution to keep the government open until October.
FOX News’ Bill Melgin contributed to this report.