New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu joined 24 of his fellow Republican governors in a letter to President Joe Biden, calling out his administration’s failures for the current chaos at the U.S. border.
“As a result of your policies, which incentivize illegal immigration, our states are carrying the burden of both the years-long surge in illegal border crossings and cartels’ coordinated trafficking of drugs and human beings,” they wrote.
“Since you have taken office, there have been over 5.8 million illegal crossings at the southern border. In addition, your Customs and Border Protection agency estimates 1.6 million crossers have evaded apprehension. Even illegal crossings at the northern border have increased exponentially under your administration, in some areas by nearly 850 percent.”
The governors also called on the Biden administration to immediately relay accurate, detailed, and thorough data to the states about who is crossing the Southern border illegally, where they are relocating, how the federal government is processing their asylum applications, and whether they are being deported.
The border security issue has been hitting harder in New Hampshire lately on the heels of a report that there have been more encounters with illegal migrants in the past 11 months than in the previous 10 years. In addition, several high-profile cases have involved illegal immigrants in the Granite State, including a mass murderer from Brazil who spent years living and working in New Hampshire before his recent arrest.
“It should not be taken lightly that half of the nation’s governors have stepped forward once again and called on the Biden administration to secure our borders,” said Sununu. “From the crisis at the Southern border to the exponential increase in crossings at the Northern Border, we’ve seen an increase in drug and human trafficking as a result. This is a 50-state crisis that demands federal action.”
Sununu has also asked the Biden administration to restore more than $3.5 million it took from New Hampshire that was used to fund state action in support of border enforcement. According to Sununu, a letter to the Granite State’s all-Democrat federal delegation urging them to get the funding restored went unanswered.
That includes U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, who sits on the Homeland Security Committee and directly oversees border enforcement.
Asked about the border security funding, Hassan declined to respond. The same when asked what specific actions she supports that would reduce the current flow of migrants under the Biden administration’s policies.
“This is not a partisan issue,” the governors wrote. “Democrat New York City Mayor Eric Adams stated, ‘This is not a New York City problem. This is a national problem…[Funding for the influx of migrants to New York City is] going to come from our schools’ services. It’s going to come from our streets. It’s going to come from what we provide to children.’
“Our fellow governor, Democrat Maura Healey of Massachusetts, declared a state of emergency due to the number of migrants in her state, and described the federal government’s mismanagement of immigration as ’a federal crisis of inaction,’” the governors wrote.