(USA Features) Former acting Customs and Border Protection head Mark Morgan said Thursday he believes more states will step up and follow Florida’s lead in providing additional law enforcement assistance to Arizona and Texas as officials there continue to deal with unprecedented surges in illegal migrants and drug smuggling.
“Gov. (Doug) Ducey of Arizona and Gov. (Greg) Abbott made their case very well in their outreach to other governors of other states about the unprecedented disaster we have at our southern border because of this administration and their failure to uphold their oath to protect their citizens,” Morgan, who served in his post under President Donald Trump, told Newsmax TV.
Morgan’s comments come a day after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he is sending a contingent of law enforcement to those states after Ducey and Abbott made an appeal last week for assistance.
“America’s border security crisis impacts every state and every American,” DeSantis said in a statement. “The Biden Administration ended policies implemented by President Trump that were curbing illegal immigration, securing our border, and keeping Americans safe.”
He added, “I’m proud to announce today that the state of Florida is answering the call. Florida has your back.”
DeSantis said he is sending personnel from the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Also, nine county sheriff’s departments announced some of their officers would be included in the Florida contingent.
Morgan told Newsmax TV that in the absence of federal assistance, it is up to states to fill the gap.
“The states really are the last line of defense,” said Morgan. “Gov. DeSantis did a really good job at that press conference making the case to Floridians that what happens at the border does not stay at the border.
“Drugs crime, human trafficking, human smuggling, all those aspects that happen at the southern border do not stay there. They make their way into every town, city, and state in this country,” Morgan added.
The former CBP chief also said he believes Florida’s actions are sending a “loud and clear” message to the country while emphasizing that there is a “catastrophic crisis at our southern border because of this administration.”
“With the stroke of a political pen, this president undid and dismantled every single effective tool of authority and policy we have,” said Morgan.
Trump accepted an invitation from Abbott to visit the border June 30, which Morgan said is likely being discussed by the Biden administration.
“Look, I would love to be in the White House right now being a part of those discussions about, ‘Hey, what are we going to do now that the former president, Trump said he’s going to the border with Gov. Abbott?'” Morgan said.