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A new study shows health disparities cost Texas billions of dollars; Senate rejects impeachment articles against Mayorkas, ending trial against Cabinet secretary; Iowa cuts historical rural school groups.

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The Senate dismisses the Mayorkas impeachment. Maryland Lawmakers fail to increase voting access. Texas Democrats call for better Black maternal health. And polling confirms strong support for access to reproductive care, including abortion.

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Rural Wyoming needs more vocational teachers to sustain its workforce pipeline, Ohio environmental advocates fear harm from a proposal to open 40-thousand forest acres to fracking and rural communities build bike trail systems to promote nature, boost the economy.

UT Gov. visits southern border over 'public safety issue'

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024   

After a trip to Texas to visit the southern border, Gov. Spencer Cox expressed concern, calling the situation a public safety issue.

Cox joined 14 other governors in Texas in response to what he called President Joe Biden's "open border policies." Cox said illegal crossings have increased significantly, putting strain on all states, especially those close to the border.

"We are talking about 3.2 million people in just the last calendar year," Cox pointed out. "To put that into perspective, there are 3.4 million people in the State of Utah right now. We are the 30th largest state in the nation, so an equivalent to our number of people, and those are the people that we know about."

On Sunday, President Biden said a national security deal had been reached with a bipartisan group of Senators and includes what he calls the "toughest and fairest set of border reforms in decades." But House Speaker Mike Johnson refuses to accept it and other Republicans have also heavily criticized it, some even calling for the border crisis to be dealt with after the election.

Cox argued it is important to recognize being "pro-border security" does not mean you're "anti-migrant" or "anti-refugee." He added the State of Utah is the most welcoming state in the country toward migrants and refugees, but doubled down on his call for law and order.

"We also know that our cities and states are being overrun, the resources that we have available are being tapped out and sadly the federal government has once again just completely abdicated their responsibility," Cox contended.

Cox said President Biden should act and enforce existing laws on the books. He also called on Congress to step up and do its part. Cox added drugs like meth and fentanyl are also making their way into the Beehive State and said the amount of drugs being apprehended is "mind-blowing."


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