Reynolds of Iowa Joins Nine Other GOP Governors at US-Mexico Border – WIZM 92.3FM 1410AM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds joined nine other Republican governors on the US-Mexico border on Wednesday in criticizing Democratic President Joe Biden’s handling of immigration issues.
The governors, who met in Texas, called on Biden to take a number of steps, including building a border wall backed by former Republican President Donald Trump, demanding that asylum seekers stay in Mexico in instead of being allowed to enter the United States and prohibiting the entry of anyone who potentially poses a risk to health.
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Ross Wilburn said in a statement that Reynolds’ trip to the border was nothing more “than a political coup and a distraction from his failed leadership.”
Reynolds bristled when asked if the trip was more about politics than immigration issues.
“No, this is not a political coup,” she said. “That’s the real thing. Biden has this. This is a self-inflicted crisis. He overturned all policies that worked.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said Biden needed to provide more money for the border, including customs and border patrols, the National Guard and the courts to process immigration cases more quickly.
“We are here today to shine a light on what is happening here on the southern border and how it affects all of our states, not just the state of Texas,” he said.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott – the only two governors who share a border with Mexico – were joined on Wednesday by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, the Governor of Iowa Kim Reynolds, Governor of Montana Greg Gianforte, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon.