September 29, 2023
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte recently led a group of 25 Republican governors in calling on President Joe Biden to provide information about the processing of migrants entering the country illegally, including how asylum cases are being handled and where the migrants are being relocated.
Other Western governors calling for the information include Idaho’s Brad Little, Nevada’s Joe Lombardo, Utah’s Spencer Cox and Wyoming’s Mark Gordon.
“The crisis at the southern border extends to every state,” the governors wrote. “As a result of your policies which incentivize illegal immigration, our states are carrying the burden of both the years-long surge in illegal border crossings and cartels’ coordinated trafficking of drugs and human beings.
“As governors, we call on you to provide honest, accurate, detailed information on where the migrants admitted at the southern border are being relocated in the United States, in addition to comprehensive data on asylum claim timelines and qualification rates, and successful deportations,” they continued.
Since 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has apprehended 5.8 million illegal migrants at the southern border, including 244 individuals on the terrorist watch list. CBP officials estimate another 1.6 million illegal migrants have evaded capture.
Analysts estimate the annual net cost of illegal immigration for the United States at the federal, state, and local levels is at least $150.7 billion.
Source: Office of Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte.
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