26 States create a strike force to secure the southern border

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A new alliance of 26 states, the American Governors’ Border Strike Force, was created to try to secure the southern border.

As the crisis on the southern border continues to escalate, many governors have decided to stop waiting for the federal government to act, choosing instead to take matters into their own hands.

To address the problem on a more local level, 26 governors joined together to create the American Governors’ Border Strike Force.

The alliance of governors from across the country has one goal: to secure the southern border.

The team includes the governors of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming .

Spearheading the partnership is Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and his Texan counterpart Greg Abbott.

On Tuesday, they issued a press release detailing the plan.

“What we’re doing in Arizona is working,” Governor Ducey said, referring to the Arizona Border Strike Force on which the new group is modeled, “but it’s not just an Arizona problem, it’s is a national problem. If our entire southern border is not secure, our nation is not secure.”

The Arizona model has since its inception in 2015 seized 985 pounds of fentanyl, 13,100 pounds of methamphetamine, 1,704 pounds of cocaine and 801 pounds of heroin.

“As dangerous transnational criminal organizations continue to take advantage of holes in the border and fill our communities with drugs,” he continued, “it is no coincidence that we are seeing historic levels of drug-related deaths. opioids. serve as a force multiplier in the fight against criminal activities directly linked to our border. »

The collaboration, which was first discussed in December 2021, aims to serve as a network for states to better address crimes related to the southern border.

In order to achieve their goals, the group will work to improve cybersecurity, target cartel finance, and intersect traffic on Interstate-10 and Interstate-40, which are the main traffic arteries of drugs and human beings in the border region.

“With record migration leading to an overwhelming number of arrests at the southern border,” the statement said, “law enforcement is overstretched to effectively fight cartels. This is leading to more drugs entering the country. , more dangerous individuals avoiding arrest, and more victims of human trafficking.”

The announcement of the force’s creation comes as the Biden administration prepares for an end to pandemic evictions from Title 42 of the border, which announced earlier this month will end on May 23.

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