Oklahoma’s Kevin Stitt will be one of 11 Republican governors to attend a press conference on the US-Mexico border on Wednesday, Stitt’s office confirmed on Monday.
The press conference, hosted by Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott, will highlight 10 border security recommendations from the Republican Governors’ Public Policy Committee, Stitt spokesman Charlie Hannema said.
Few details of the event have been released, but reports indicate it is scheduled for noon on Wednesday in Mission, Texas, a border town just west of McAllen on the Rio Grande.
Besides Stitt and Abbott, the expected GOP Governors are Doug Ducey of Arizona, Brian Kemp of Georgia, Brad Little of Idaho, Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Greg Gianforte of Montana, Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, Mike DeWine of Ohio, Kristi Noem from South Dakota and Gordon Gordon from Wyoming.
Even though Oklahoma is not a border state, Hannema said the Stitt administration believes the increase in the number of people trying to enter the United States from Mexico without papers is linked to an increase in illegal drugs and human trafficking reported by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Hazards. Drug control.
The extent to which there is a connection, however, is unclear.
Abbott, who some see as a potential 2022 GOP presidential candidate, has complained loudly about the influx of immigrants trying to enter the country through his state’s southern border.