FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2024) – Attorney General Russell Coleman and a multistate coalition stood with Texas Governor Greg Abbott as he secures the state’s southern border following the failure of the Biden Administration to protect the country.  

“President Biden’s failed open border policy gives drug cartels and criminals a free pass to pour their deadly poison into our country. As a result, Kentucky has become a border state, and our children are at risk,” said General Coleman.  “The crisis at the southern border demands a strong response, and I am proud to stand with Governor Abbott in defending the people of Texas.” 

Since President Biden took office, more than six million illegal immigrants—greater than the population of Kentucky—have entered the country over the southern border. 

To prevent some of the millions of illegal crossings, Texas sent manpower and built physical barriers along the southern border. The Biden Administration has actively destroyed portions of Texas’s barrier and sued the Governor to keep the border open. In just one month, federal agents acting on the Biden Administration’s orders cut Texas’s border defense wires more than 20 times. In one case, they even used a forklift to raise the wire and usher in more than 300 illegal migrants. 

In a letter to President Biden and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, the coalition of attorneys general stressed Texas’s duty to defend its families from the ongoing invasion. Dangerous cartel members, terrorists and other bad actors could take advantage of the chaos and come through in the torrent of illegal migrants flooding across the border.  

General Coleman and the coalition make clear what happens at the border does not stay at the border. Deadly fentanyl and other illicit drugs are freely flowing into the country and all the way to Kentucky neighborhoods. 

General Coleman joined attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.