‘Federal Gov’t Won’t Act, But Arizona Will’: Gov. Ducey Deploys National Guard to Southern Border

Gov. Doug Ducey insisted in late March that the federal government pick up the tab for helping sheriffs, mayors and border patrol in Arizona in response to the migrant surge at the US-Mexico border, as he offered searing criticism of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he was deploying 250 National Guard troops to the state’s southern border with Mexico, and is issuing an emergency declaration in response to the growing migrant crisis, with the State to provide up to $25 million in initial funding for the mission.

As the Republican politician serving as the 23rd and current governor of Arizona since 2015 announced the move, he added:

The Guard will be assisting with medical operations in detention centres; helping install and maintain border cameras; monitoring and collecting data from public safety cameras, and analysing satellite imagery for current trends in smuggling corridors, reads a statement by Ducey’s office.

It was added that Governor Ducey would pay a visit to Yuma County on 21 April to get more details from community leaders and law enforcement officials about what they’re seeing on the ground.

On the day the announcement by the governor was made, Customs and Border Protection held an open house at a new migrant processing centre in the border community of Yuma, which is the first of two planned in Arizona. The tent-like centres will help agents process and temporarily shelter the surging number of…

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