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Ivey urges Biden administration to take action at the border

Gov. Kay Ivey urged President Biden and Vice President Harris to address the border crisis immediately.

Gov. Kay Ivey held an Coronavirus update Press conference Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Montgomery, Ala. (Governor's Office/Hal Yeager)

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed on to a letter along with 19 other governors calling on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to take action and deal with the growing crisis at the southern border immediately.

“When we have an unsecured and open southern border, Alabama is impacted, which is why I have joined 19 of my fellow governors in calling on President Biden and Vice President Harris to take action immediately,” Ivey said. “In the first 100 days of the new administration, we have seen a surge in illegal crossings, and as a result, we run the risk of overly burdening state and local resources. Overwhelming authorities on the federal, state or local levels is not the answer. We not only need to take action for our own security, but also for those who are seeking a path to this country. I urge President Biden and Vice President Harris to take action to end this humanitarian crisis and secure our southern border.”

Many of Alabama’s elected officials also believe that the border crisis has gotten out of hand under the Biden administration.

“In just four months under President Joe Biden, we have seen an unprecedented surge at the border. This was preventable and predictable,” said Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama.

“The #BidenBorderCrisis is getting worse, and President Biden is unwilling to fix the problem by strengthening border security. It is time the Socialist Democrats decide what is more important: saving children’s lives or their thirst for dictatorial power,” said Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville.

“The Biden administration estimates that they’ll need an additional $4 billion for conditions at the southern border by the end of September,” said U.S. Representative Barry Moore, R-Enterprise. “But the President still refuses to publicly admit that the Biden Border Crisis is real. So much for leadership.”

Moore cited polling where 77 percent of the American people believe that Biden should go to the border to address the issue himself.

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The crisis began when Biden reversed the previous administration’s position that persons seeking asylum must apply in Mexico or in their home country and wait on the process there. Instead, the Biden administration is taking them into custody in the United States. Many of them are released while they await their hearing in front of an immigration judge.

Congressman Jerry Carl, R-Mobile, recently visited the border to appraise the situation for himself.

“The situation at our southern border is a nightmare and border patrol agents are overworked and overwhelmed,” Carl said. “While it may not seem like the crisis at our southern border affects us here in Alabama, it absolutely does. Drug cartels take advantage of weak spots on our border, and the drugs they bring with them can be in Alabama within 24 hours. These drugs are coming into our communities and are getting into the hands of our children and our grandchildren. This infuriates me, and it’s time to put an end to it.”

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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