MISSION, Texas — Eight Republican governors traveled to Texas to join Gov. Greg Abbott for a Wednesday tour of the border with Mexico.
The Republican Governors Public Policy Committee funded the transportation to Texas, and a press release said it was a visit to the border “to witness firsthand the crisis playing out, reveal their proposed solutions, and once again call on President Joe Biden to act to secure the border immediately.”
Republican governors from across the country have focused on border issues and criticized Democrat Joe Biden for his immigration policies.
GOP governors from Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Georgia, Nebraska, Ohio, Iowa and Oklahoma were participating in the event at the Texas border alongside Abbott, who held a press conference at Anzalduas Park in Mission - the same location where hundreds of migrants are in quarantine.
Some political analysts said Abbott's visit to the Rio Grande Valley was nothing more than an opportunity to rally up conservatives.
“It’s going to be a photo-op for Greg Abbott and national Republicans,” said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University, who added that Abbott wanted to emphasize the Republican party's stance in favor of greater border security and against what they have called an open border policy from Democrats.