Dozens of Republican governors call for meeting with Biden on border surge

Dozens of Republican governors call for meeting with Biden on border surge
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A group of 26 Republican governors led by Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyArizona launches M program to help families pay utility bills GOP governors traveling to border to unveil new security initiative Treasury says Arizona can't use federal COVID-19 aid for anti-mask education grants MORE and Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Key CDC panel backs Moderna, J&J boosters GOP senators call on Biden to back down from vaccine mandates DeSantis to call special session of legislature to fight vaccine mandates MORE on Monday issued an open letter to President BidenJoe BidenBiden: Democrats' spending plan is 'a bigger darn deal' than Obamacare Biden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' MORE requesting a meeting to discuss the surge in illegal border crossings.

"The months-long surge in illegal crossings has instigated an international humanitarian crisis, spurred a spike in international criminal activity, and opened the floodgates to human traffickers and drug smugglers endangering public health and safety in our states," the governors wrote.

According to the governors' letter, border apprehensions have risen by nearly 500 percent when compared to last year, accounting for around 1.3 million people.

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The state leaders appeared to take a shot at the "lack of federal action" on the issue and called on Biden to "take action to protect America, restore security, and end the crisis now."

The letter from the GOP governors comes on the same day the U.S. government began deporting hundreds of Haitian migrants who had been camped under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.

More than 320 migrants landed in Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince on three flights from the U.S. on Sunday. Border Patrol officials have said that they are aiming to deport the majority of the estimated 12,000 migrants who have been living under a bridge in Texas.

"We must end the current crisis and return to border operations that respect the laws of our land and the lives of all people, including those in our states looking to the federal government to enforce and protect our nation’s borders," the governors added in their letter.

They have requested a meeting with Biden within the next 15 days.

The letter was also signed by Alabama Gov. Kay IveyKay IveyAlabama using COVID funds to build new prisons — is that Biden's vision? Street honoring Confederate president renamed in Alabama capital Alabama clears plan to use COVID-19 relief funds to build prisons MORE, Arkansas. Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Build Back Better items on chopping block Sunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year Arkansas governor backs employer vaccine mandates MORE, Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempAbrams targets Black churchgoers during campaign stops for McAuliffe in Virginia Arbery murder trial set to begin this week Stacey Abrams to campaign for McAuliffe in Virginia MORE, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSouth Dakota GOP lawmakers summon two employees for Noem inquiry Republicans' mantra should have been 'Stop the Spread' Biden presses companies to get ahead of vaccine mandate MORE.