RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Virginia is one of more than two dozen states calling on the Biden administration to enforce laws and secure the southern border.

Attorney General Jason Miyares announced on Monday that he has joined attorneys general in a letter from 26 other states supporting Texas’ border defense efforts, which include razor wire and National Guard soldiers.

Miyares says the ongoing “unchecked invasion poses a grave threat to national security and fuels the surge in drug and human trafficking.

He also says the Biden administration is failing to fulfill its responsibility to secure the border, forcing states like Texas to step up.

“The time for action is now. The Biden Administration must either fulfill its duty to enforce the laws that secure our southern border, or states like Texas will use their constitutional authority to address this invasion themselves and protect their citizens,” said Miyares. 

The letter from the states demands the administration either take immediate action to enforce laws securing the border or allow states to protect themselves.

The letter is led by Iowa and Utah. Other states that have joined it include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming as well as the Arizona state legislature.