Governors of Texas, Arizona call for states to send police to the border to help stem crisis

Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona wrote in a letter to fellow governors “on behalf of Texas and Arizona, we respectfully but urgently request that you send all available law-enforcement resources to the border in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“This failure to enforcement federal immigration laws causes banns that spill over into every State. The cartels will see to it that their deadly fentanyl and human-trafficking victims reach far and wide,” the letter says. “The convicted criminals they smuggle into the homeland will bring recidivism with them to far too many of your communities.”

“Texas and Arizona have stepped up to secure the border in the federal government’s absence, and now the Emergency Management Assistance Compact gives your state a chance to stand strong with us,” the governors add.

Earlier in the week, Abbott tweeted:

TX is undertaking an unprecedented response to this crisis.

We’re going to start making arrests — sending a message to anyone thinking about coming here — you’re not getting a free pass.

You’re getting a straight pass to a jail cell.

TX is undertaking an unprecedented response to this crisis. We’re going to start making arrests — sending a message to anyone thinking about coming here — you’re not getting a free pass. You’re getting a straight pass to a jail cell.