(USA Features) Nearly two dozen governors are railing at the Biden administration to take additional steps to address what they describe as a crisis along the southwestern border as migrants continue to surge illegally into the United States.
Describing the situation as “unacceptable and unsustainable,” 20 governors said in a letter to the administration that the housing of unaccompanied migrant children, especially, is impacting their states.
“The crisis is too big to ignore and is now spilling over the border states into all of our states,” the letter to Biden, from governors from states including South Dakota, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska and New Hampshire, says, Fox News reported Tuesday.
Border officials said personnel encountered 172,000 migrants in March, including a record number of unaccompanied children numbering at more than 18,000. Officials expect similar numbers for April and a surge beyond that over the summer.
The governors also said that Health and Human Services is bypassing them by working with NGOs and other organizations to house migrant children in their facilities but within their states.
“Allowing the federal government to place a potentially unlimited number of unaccompanied migrant children into our states’ facilities for an unspecified length of time with almost zero transparency is unacceptable and unsustainable,” they wrote, according to Fox News.
“We have neither the resources nor the obligation to solve the federal government’s problem and foot the bill for the consequences of this administration’s misguided actions.”
“The cause of the border crisis is entirely due to reckless federal policy reversals executed within your first 100 days in office,” the letter continued. “The rhetoric of the Biden administration and the rollback of critical agreements with our allies have led to the inhumane treatment of tens of thousands of children and undermined a fragile immigration system.”