Facing Crisis at the Border, Arizona Declares State of Emergency

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Citing an overwhelmed U.S. Border Patrol, broken federal policies and a strained nonprofit-based support system, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency at the southwest border in Arizona and said the state would deploy 250 National Guard troops to help local law enforcement confront the ongoing surge of illegal crossing by undocumented immigrants, reports the Wall Street Journal. Arizona is the first state to declare an emergency related to this year’s rapid increase in arrests of people crossing the border illegally. Border Patrol agents made about 168,000 arrests at the border in March, compared with about 71,000 in December. The governor said the state would allocate $25 million to fund the National Guard mission. The Arizona troops won’t conduct law-enforcement operations, as has been the case during previous deployments. Instead, the troops will help with medical operations inside detention centers and installing, maintaining and monitoring a state-operated border camera network. Gov. Ducey blamed the most recent increase in illegal border crossers on the Biden administration’s immigration policies. “The numbers don’t lie, this drastic surge is a direct result of the bad policy coming out of Washington, D.C., and yet we still haven’t received an adequate response from the Biden administration,” Ducey said.

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