Congressman Jerry Carl, R-Alabama, on Wednesday led a letter thanking Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey for sending Alabama National Guard forces to the southern border with Mexico to deal with the worsening humanitarian crisis there.
Carl was joined in the letter by U.S. Reps. Mo Brooks, Barry Moore, Mike Rogers, Gary Palmer and Robert Aderholt in sending the letter to Ivey, thanking her for sending 347 active-duty Alabama National Guard troops to help on the front lines of the border.
“We must have a strong border to protect the health, safety, and security of American citizens, but President Biden and Vice President Harris have completely failed to address the crisis at our border and enforce our nation’s immigration laws,” Carl said. “When the federal government fails to do its job, local and state leaders like Governor Ivey step up to fill the void. We are especially grateful for the Governor’s leadership in sending 347 Alabama National Guardsmen to help bring law and order to our southwest border, and we are proud of Alabama’s continued contributions to our national security.”
Brooks said: “I joined U.S. Representative Jerry Carl, U.S. Representative Barry Moore, Congressman Mike D. Rogers, Congressman Gary Palmer, and Robert Aderholt in sending a letter to Governor Kay Ivey thanking her for sending 347 active-duty Alabama National Guard troops to help on the front lines of the #BidenBorderCrisis. Alabama wants border security!”
Ivey said in a statement that she has long been a supportive governor of enhancing security at the southern border. In 2018, President Donald Trump asked affected governors to approve deploying the National Guard to offer assistance in his mission to secure the border, and Ivey has answered that call. Today, Alabama still maintains a National Guard presence to enhance the security of the country.
In May, Ivey, along with 19 of her fellow governors, sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris calling on them to take action to secure the border.
“For the safety of our country and the protection of the integrity of legal immigration, we must ensure that our Southern Border is secured,” Ivey explained. “I am proud that Alabama has been supportive of this mission since President Trump took action during his term. I commend the more than 300 Alabama National Guard soldiers that are currently deployed at the border. Alabama stands in support.”
“With inaction from President Biden and Vice President Harris in Washington, we thank you for rising to the occasion as our Governor by sending 347 active-duty Alabama National Guardsmen to assist overwhelmed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Southwest Border,” the congressmen wrote. “This year alone, we have witnessed a 600 percent increase in illegal border crossings from over 140 different countries, and this lawlessness affects American citizens, workers, and families in all 50 states. Yet, President Biden and Vice President Harris continue to ignore the crisis. What began as a border crisis has now become a humanitarian crisis with overcrowded facilities and despicable conditions. The Biden Administration’s reckless open border policies are a threat to our country’s recovering economy and have contributed to an already devastating drug crisis.”
“We are proud of the Alabamians stationed both at the border as well as around the world, and we applaud you for taking quick action as Governor to assist our border agents’ response efforts,” the Carl letter continues. “Please know we will continue to vocalize the effects the border crisis is having on Alabama and will do all we can as your federal partners to address this crisis appropriately.”