The Republican governors of thirteen states across the country have gathered in Texas to show their support for Gov. Greg Abbott’s battle with Democrat President Joe Biden over border security.
The governors attended a media briefing in Eagle Pass, Texas on Sunday.
The move comes as Abbott is locked in a battle with the Biden admin over the state’s right to defend its border with Mexico against illegal crossings.
During the Sunday presser, Abbott urged Biden to take action on the issue of foreign nationals making illegal entries along the southern U.S. border, CBS News reported.
In recent weeks, Abbott has intensified his clash with the Biden admin over runaway immigration issues.
The GOP governor is demanding immediate action to stem the flow of illegal migrants across the southern border.
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Abbott’s critique of Biden’s handling of border security was unreserved.
The Texas governor is accusing the administration of neglecting its duties.
Abbott emphasizes that the onus now falls squarely on the federal government to uphold the nation’s laws.
“Joe Biden, it is your turn now — your obligation, your duty, to follow the laws Congress passed and secure the border, just as Texas has,” Abbott stated.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbot asserted Texas' right to protect its borders at a press conference Sunday with more than a dozen GOP governors. https://t.co/a1cSZMmUrw
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The confrontation has been brewing for some time, however.
Texas has been taking unilateral steps to curb illegal crossings.
Last month, state authorities controversially restricted U.S. Border Patrol access to Shelby Park in Eagle Pass.
Abbott also attributes a significant drop in local illegal entries to Texas’ extensive deployment of razor wire barriers.
He asserts that the barriers have been very effective in securing the border area, CBS News reported.
Abbott didn’t hesitate to invoke constitutional rights in defense of his actions while also accusing Biden of facilitating unauthorized entry into the country, the outlet noted.
This sentiment was echoed by Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Sanders blasted the federal government’s inaction, which compels states to take matters into their own hands.
“Because of his failures, Governor Abbott is having to step up, governors from across the country are having to step up and do the job of the federal government because they simply won’t,” Sanders stated, according to CBS News.
According to a release by Abbott’s office, the Texas governor was joined by:
- Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders
- Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
- Idaho Governor Brad Little
- Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb
- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
- Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry
- Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves
- Missouri Governor Mike Parson
- Montana Governor Greg Gianforte
- Nebraska Governor Jill Pillen
- New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu
- Tennessee Governor Bill Lee
- Utah Governor Spencer Cox