Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) signed an executive order Friday to deploy Arizona National Guard troops to assist law enforcement with the illegal immigration problem on the border with Mexico.
“Yet again, the federal government is refusing to do its job to secure our border and keep our communities safe,” Hobbs said in a press release one week after sending a letter to President Biden requesting a reassignment of Arizona National Guard troops to Lukeville Port of Entry. “With this Executive Order, I am taking action where the federal government won’t.”
Our border is so out of control that a Democrat Governor is sending the AZ National Guard.
It’s the federal government’s job to secure it. Why does the Biden administration refuse to take action?https://t.co/waNUP7kooa
— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) December 16, 2023
“But we can’t stand alone, Arizona needs resources and manpower to reopen the Lukeville crossing, manage the flow of migrants, and maintain a secure, orderly, and humane border,” Hobbs warned. “Despite continued requests for assistance, the Biden administration has refused to deliver desperately needed resources to Arizona’s border.”
Arizona Guard officers told local Fox affiliate Fox 10 Phoenix that Friday was a marathon of meetings to plan the mobilization ordered by the governor. Guard Captain Erin Hannigan assured reporters that the reservists are not law enforcement, but will be present in a supportive role for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
I’m taking action to fix the migrant crisis where the federal government will not.
As the next step in Operation SECURE, I just signed an executive order to mobilize Arizona’s National Guard to our Southern Border effective immediately. pic.twitter.com/U7TbVxW9vJ
— Governor Katie Hobbs (@GovernorHobbs) December 15, 2023
“There’s a lot that goes on with law enforcement,” Hannigan said. “There’s a lot of tasks that they need to complete in an administrative role, and stepping in to do that for them so that they can be on the streets, [so] that they can be doing that active role is really what we are trying to do.” Guardsmen will provide support in Lukeville, the San Miguel Crossing, and other areas.
The flood of illegal immigrants is overwhelming Arizona authorities. Chief Border Patrol Agent John Modlin paused all Tucson Sector Border Patrol social media last week, writing in a post on X, “In light of the ongoing migration surge, all Tucson Sector Border Patrol social media accounts will be paused until further notice.”
Democrat leaders throughout the country are reaching a breaking point of frustration with the surge in illegal immigration and the Biden Administration’s lack of an effective response from the federal government. After visiting Washington to ask for help with the migrant crisis, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) said, “I left with the cold reality that help is not on the way.”