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Mississippi joins Border Strike Force in effort to secure border

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Tuesday announced that Mississippi has joined as part of the newly created American Governors’ Border Strike Force, a partnership among 26 states to better secure the Southern border. The action comes in response failed border policies which have allowed for an immense surge in illegal migration, drugs, and cartel violence.

The newly announced Border Strike Force is a joint commitment across states to strengthen law enforcement and develop strategic policies that will enhance a unified state response to illegal activity on America’s Southern border.

“Border security is national security,” Reeves said. “Criminals, drugs, and human trafficking don’t just stay in our border communities. They make their way to every single state in our country. The federal government has fundamentally failed to secure our Southern border. With Joe Biden refusing to step in to stop millions of illegal aliens from invading our nation while drug smugglers run rampant, states will seek to disrupt and dismantle these cartels. We’re all border states now, and we’re going to protect ourselves.”

Since taking office, President Joe Biden’s disastrous policies have led to 2.3 million encounters with illegal aliens. In that same time period, an estimated 600,000-plus illegal aliens have evaded Border Patrol and escaped. Biden policies have handcuffed U.S. Customs and Border Protection and hindered them from fulfilling their statutorily mandated duties.

Human smugglers and criminal organizations have taken full advantage of our open border and have flooded our communities with billions of dollars worth of drugs and caused a humanitarian crisis as they attempt to traffic individuals through horrendous conditions.

In Fiscal Year 2021, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported more than 5,400 pounds of heroin, 97,000 pounds of cocaine, 190,000 pounds of methamphetamine, 11,200 pounds of fentanyl, and many counterfeit pills or other drugs interdicted crossing our Southern border. This is enough fentanyl to kill 2.5 billion people.

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