Governors from a majority of U.S. states joined together last week to launch the American Governors’ Border Strike Force. All Republicans, the 26 governors formed the partnership to secure the country’s borders due to the failures of the federal government.
The announcement of the new group was made by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Texas Governor Greg Abbott immediately after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency reported that the illegal immigrant crossings of the southern border in March were the highest monthly total in two decades.
Ducey pointed out that the new national group is based on Arizona’s successful 2015 Border Strike Force. He said the Arizona model is working and will scale up to a national group. He argued that if the southern border is not secure the entire nation is not secure. Ducey pointed out that it is “no coincidence” that the country is seeing all-time high levels of opioid deaths at the same time “dangerous transnational criminal organizations” profit from our porous border.
Ducey said the new strike force will operate as a “force multiplier” in the battle against border related criminal activity.
The governors are also acting as the Biden administration continues plans to lift the Title 42 public safety order put in place by President Donald Trump. Biden is set to end that order on May 23, removing the power of federal law enforcement officials to summarily expel illegal migrants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ending to Title 42 enforcement is expected to lead to an immediate surge in illegal immigration, and border officials have said they are now preparing for as many as 18,000 illegal crossings per day. That would mean more than a half-million illegal crossings each month.
A report from Biden’s Department of Homeland Security indicates that ending Title 42 would require 2,500 new law enforcement officers and more than 1,000 additional medical professionals at the southern border to deal with the expected spike in illegal immigration. There is no indication that the federal government is making such preparations, and the governors’ strike force is being launched in part to address the expected increase in border crisis conditions.