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Exasperated Republican governor moves to beef up border security: ‘we’re the only ones doing anything’

Frustrated by what he argues is a lack of support by President Biden’s administration, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire is taking matters into his own hands to help secure his state’s northern border with Canada.

Sununu announced on Thursday that he’ll use $1.4 million in funding from New Hampshire’s current budget to boost tenfold patrols by state and local law enforcement along the 58-mile border.

While acknowledging that the deteriorating situation along America’s northern border is overshadowed by the crisis along the southern border with Mexico, the governor emphasized that “there have been more apprehensions along our northern border in just this past year than in the last ten years combined.”

“Encounters with individuals on the terrorist watch list at the ports of entry on the northern border have doubled since 2017,” Sununu highlighted.

While soaring, the figures are eclipsed by the enormous numbers at the southern border, where there are typically more than 200,000 encounters a month. However, it still forms a considerable challenge for the smaller staffed areas along the northern border.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and the Associated Press contributed to this report

Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire. 

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