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Iowa Part of the ‘Border Strike Force’

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her Condition of the State address before a joint session of the Iowa Legislature, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

DES MOINES, IA (Radio Iowa) Governor Kim Reynolds has joined 25 other Republican governors in forming what they call a “Border Strike Force” to deal with crime at the U.S. border with Mexico.

The governors of Arizona and Texas announced the group’s creation Tuesday. Governor Kim Reynolds announced on Thursday that she had signed onto a Memorandum of Understanding with 25 other Republican-led states. It means law enforcement in those states are to share information about criminal investigations of illegal immigration, drug smuggling and human trafficking if there are suspicions the activity is connected to Mexico. In a written statement, Reynolds said governors can’t stand idle while President Biden does nothing to stop the crisis at our border, which she says is destroying our country. Progress Iowa, a liberal advocacy group, says the announcement is a stunt to stoke fear about all immigrants and distract from lagging job growth the state.

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