Abbott hosts 14 governors at contested border park

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EAGLE PASS, Texas (KETK) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hosted governors from 14 states at an event in Eagle Pass on Sunday.

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The meeting comes in the midst of Abbott’s recent standoff with the federal government at Shelby Park, according to Border Report.

Abbott hosted the following 14 Republican governors:

  • Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders

  • Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp

  • Idaho Gov. Brad Little

  • Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb

  • Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds

  • Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry

  • Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves

  • Missouri Gov. Mike Parson

  • Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte

  • Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen

  • New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu

  • South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem

  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee

  • Utah Gov. Spencer Cox

The governors had a briefing on Operation Lone Star’s border security efforts and then they held a press conference that started around 2:45 p.m. on Sunday.

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At the press conference, the governor of Tennessee, Bill Lee, thanked Abbott for providing safety at the border and said the federal government has failed to protect the United States.

“I applaud and thank the governors that are standing beside and behind us today,” said Abbott.

Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia said that “every state in our country is now a border state” because of issues like illegal immigration and fentanyl.

“It is time that something that something was done about this and that is why we are standing here as governors to make sure something gets done,” said Kemp.

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas said that President Joe Biden has failed on the border.

“Joe Biden has completely failed at one of his most basic and important duties as president” said Sanders.

“We don’t stand with them in football but we stand with the state of Texas when it comes to the border,” added Sanders.

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Abbott said that Texas is using the states constitutional right to self-defense to secure the border. “All we’re doing is enforcing the laws of the United States of America,” said Abbott.

“Now that we’ve taken control of this area there’s an average of only three people crossing through this area per day,” added Abbott.

“Joe Biden it is your turn now, your obligation, your duty, to follow the laws that Congress passed and secure the border just as Texas has,” Abbott concluded.

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