Gordon plans to visit the southern border
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced in a press release that he would join other Republican governors on the US-Mexico border to highlight issues with President Joe Biden’s current immigration policy.
“Our Constitution demands a secure border. It is clear that this crisis is not receiving the proper attention from the Biden administration. Our border states have asked for our help in dealing with this emergency, and we are responding. It is important to see firsthand what are these states oriented to. “
Border crossings to the United States from Mexico have increase in the past year, from 78,414 encounters by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in January 2021 to a high of 213,534 in July, the highest in 20 years, and down slightly to 208,887 in August.
About half of those met in July led to apprehensions rather than deportations, which is a change from last year, when nearly all encounters at the southern border led to deportations due to COVID-19 fears .
Many migrants Nevertheless are still sent with the use of Title 42, which allows the expulsion of people trying to enter the country due to ongoing health emergencies.
In September, Gordon joined 25 other Republican governors in signature a letter to the Biden administration requesting a meeting with the president regarding the border issue and, to date, the governors have not received a meeting offer.
The situation prompted Gordon to send assets to the border, such as in July when Wyoming offered unspecified air assets worth up to $ 250,000 to Arizona and Texas.
Although the statements mention that Gordon is using the trip to consider other ways Wyoming could help protect the border, they provide no specifics.
During the visit, Gordon will join governors and officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety on a boat trip on the Rio Grande River.
Also in attendance will be Governors from 10 other states including: Governor of Texas Greg Abbott, Governor of Arizona Doug Ducey, Governor of Idaho Brad Little, Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem, Governor of Montana Greg Gianforte, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.