Arizona Governor Mobilizes National Guard to Support Border Security On Friday, Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs (D) signed an executive order to deploy the state’s National Guard to back up law enforcement along its southern border with Mexico. In a press release, Hobbs said, “Yet again, the federal government is refusing to do its job to secure our border and keep our communities safe.” She added, “With this Executive Order, I am taking action where the federal government won’t.”
The National Guard will be stationed at multiple locations along the southern border, including around Lukeville. There, they will support state and local agencies engaged in law enforcement, including interdiction of illegal drugs and human trafficking.
Arizona's Democrat Governor Katie Hobbs said she is sending National Guard soldiers to areas around the U.S. border with Mexico, accusing President Joe Biden's government of "refusing to do its job" on migration. MORE: https://t.co/y38wyeEhWG pic.twitter.com/GiFMu3s6FO— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) December 16, 2023
Last month, the US Border Patrol Tuscon Sector saw a flood of illegal immigrants crossing into the US, with more than 700 people in a single day. This led Chief Patrol Agent John Modlin to “pause” updates from the sector’s social media accounts.
Hobbs asked the Biden administration a week ago to mobilize 243 Arizona National Guard troops already in the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector that includes Lukeville, Arizona, to help federal officers reopen the border crossing that was indefinitely closed Dec. 4.
Customs and Border Protection has said shutting down the official crossing was necessary to allow personnel stationed there to help Border Patrol agents manage the hundreds of migrants illegally crossing in that area daily.
Notice the gov. doesn't mention the Guard STOPPING the invasion?! They are there to help WITH the INVASION!— Don (@DSmithinTX) December 17, 2023
Democrat Arizona Governor Sending National Guard to Borderhttps://t.co/p1saNWMOP3
The San Miguel crossing located farther east on the Tohono O’odham Nation is also seeing hundreds of migrant arrivals daily, but tribal officials said the National Guard would not be stationed on the reservation.
Hobbs said the Biden administration had not responded to her request that the U.S. government reimburse Arizona for border security spending.
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