In the United States, illegal immigration has become a rampant plight since the White House transitioned from the Trump administration to the Biden administration. Months ago, Biden rescinded several policies that Trump set up to keep the U.S.-Mexico border under control.
Weeks ago, Texas and Arizona sent out calls for help to all other 48 states; the only governors to respond were governors of red states like Florida, Iowa, South Dakota, etc. Democrat governors chose to stay out of the work to secure the Southern border.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took a different approach. Not only did DeSantis send Florida National Guard troops down to Texas, but DeSantis himself actually convened with Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott at the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend.
The border meeting between the Florida and Texas governors
On Saturday, Governors DeSantis and Abbott met with Border Patrol officials and other law enforcement members at the border. During a press conference, the Florida governor stated that illegal immigration and its impacts will ripple over into the Sunshine State and other communities.
The Texas governor shared similar remarks. Abbott pointed out that each and every state needs to join the fight to end illegal immigration. Likewise, the Texas governor also drew attention to the reality that dangerous, illegal drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine are coming from the U.S.-Mexico border.
Both DeSantis and Abbott also toured border areas that are hit hardest by unlawful crossings. The Florida governor also revealed that many of the migrants settling in the United States are looking to ultimately locate to the Sunshine State.
Takeaways from the meeting at the U.S.-Mexico border
The meeting between the Florida and Texas governors went well on Saturday. Following the meeting, DeSantis stated that what’s happening at the Southern border is a result of the Biden administration cutting down policies from the Trump era.
Governor Abbott also shared DeSantis’ outlook on the root cause of the U.S.-Mexico border problems. Last month, Abbott toured the Southern border, alongside former President Trump. The Texas governor also announced in June his plans to construct a physical barrier at the Southern border.