A group of over two dozen Republican governors are launching a multi-state initiative aimed at securing the border.
The 26-state “American Governors Border Strike Force” aims to enhance intelligence sharing, combatting human smuggling and drug trafficking through improved interdiction between Interstates 10 and 40, and keeping an eye on cybersecurity issues, The Hill reports.
The initiative is modeled after one created in Arizona in 2015, which Gov. Doug Ducey’s office said has seized 801 pounds of heroin and 985 pounds of fentanyl, among other drugs, since it began.
“What we’re doing in Arizona works,” Ducey said in a statement. “But this is not just an Arizona issue, it’s a national issue. If our entire southern border isn’t secure, our nation isn’t secure.”
The other states involved in the effort include: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.
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