By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Gov. Mark Gordon on Tuesday joined 25 other Republican governors in creating a “border strike force” to deal with the “chaos” currently occurring at the southern border.
The American Governors’ Border Strike Force is a multi-state partnership “designed to disrupt and dismantle the transnational criminal organizations taking advantage of the chaos [President] Joe Biden has created along the southern border.”
The action follows last week’s decision by Gordon to join a lawsuit filed by 19 other states challenging an attempt by the Biden administration to rescind a policy used to restrict entry into the United States by individuals who pose a health risk.
“Today I have joined 25 of my fellow Governors in forming the American Governors’ Border Strike Force,” Gordon said Tuesday. “Wyoming will continue to offer support to our southern border while the Biden administration sits idly by and fails to take action on this crisis.”
The strike force is intended to hamper the illegal activities of cartels and other criminal organizations at the border through increased cooperation in areas including intelligence collection and the enforcement of drug and human trafficking laws.
Some of the other states joining the task force include Alabama, Utah, South Dakota and Idaho.
Gordon has regularly criticized Biden’s immigration policies in the face of a record-breaking number of migrants continuing to attempt or successfully cross the border into the United States.
Last week, Gordon announced Wyoming and 19 other states are asking a federal court to force the administration to reinstate a policy aimed at preventing entry into the United States by people who pose a health risk.
The presidential administration announced last month it will end in May what is referred to as “Title 42,” an order that allows immigration officers to prohibit people from entering the United States if they pose a health risk.
Last year, Gordon joined several of his fellow Republican governors at the border to denounce Biden’s immigration policies.