Arizona’s Republican Governor Doug Ducey has overruled Democrat President Joe Biden and signed a new bill to strengthen security on his state’s border with Mexico.
In a statement about the new measure, Ducey warned that Biden’s policies have “led to the worst border crisis in over 20 years.”
Ducey argues that Biden’s open-borders agenda has caused a large spike in crimes such as human smuggling.
“Inaction by President Joe Biden has led to the worst border crisis in over 20 years,” Ducey said.
“I’ve been outspoken about the impact this crisis has on Arizonans, our communities and migrants.
“We’ve taken numerous steps to help resolve the chaos, including deploying the Arizona National Guard, signing legislation to address human smuggling, and transporting migrants on a voluntary basis to Washington, D.C.
“Ultimately, however, securing our border is the responsibility of the federal government.
“With this investment, we are giving our law enforcement professionals another critical resource they need to successfully do their jobs.
“We are standing up for the rule of law, and we are cementing Arizona’s commitment to securing our state and our entire nation.”
State Rep. John Kavanagh, who sponsored the legislation, said, “The number of migrant encounters has skyrocketed at our border, overwhelming law enforcement and the Border Patrol.
“Thanks to the absent federal government, our border is in chaos and out of control.
“We need more support and physical barriers.
“This is a reasonable investment in Arizona’s safety and security.
“I’m grateful for Governor Ducey’s leadership to take action and secure the border.”
The governor’s actions have been welcomed by ranchers and local law enforcement who are facing the battle at the border head-on.
“The escalating southern border crisis and lack of federal action is taking a toll on Cochise County and all Arizona communities,” said John Ladd, Cochise County rancher.
“These significant investments from Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature are crucial in supporting ranchers like myself and protecting our great state — and I’m grateful for the governor’s continued support.”
“Our nation is facing the worst border crisis in years due to the federal government’s inaction, and our communities are paying the price,” said Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb.
“Our state leaders and law enforcement have been taking action, doing all they can to protect Arizona. It is crucial we have the necessary resources along the southern border, and I appreciate Governor Ducey’s efforts to make that happen.”
“When the southern border is secure, Cochise County and the entire state are safer,” said Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels.
“Lax border policies from the federal government and U.S. Congress are putting Arizonans in danger.
“We’re taking action in Cochise County to mitigate the issue and protect our community.
“I appreciate Governor Ducey’s unwavering commitment to securing the border, supporting the men and women in law enforcement, and sending resources where they’re needed most.”
“Governor Ducey has been a consistent supporter of Sheriff Dannels in securing the Cochise County border with Mexico,” said Ann English, Chair of Cochise County Board of Supervisors.
“He recognizes it as an Arizona and USA problem and we are grateful for his willingness to provide significant state funding for this vital mission.”
“When our border isn’t secure, it opens up our communities to dangerous paraphernalia, smuggling activity, and chaos,” said Jonathan Lines, Yuma County Supervisor.
“We need to support and protect our law enforcement professionals, small businesses, and fellow Arizonans — and securing our southern border will help do that.
“Governor Ducey has prioritized border security since the start of his administration, and I thank him for remaining committed to our state’s safety over the last eight years.”
“The steps that Governor Ducey has taken in funding support for public safety to ensure the wellbeing of our border communities are crucial for the public safety of our state and nation during these unprecedented times,” said Amanda Aguirre, President & CEO of Regional Center for Border Health.