Two Democratic senators from Arizona supported the Republican governor’s actions.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey called on President Joe Biden to declare a state of emergency on the border with Mexico, a day after the Republican governor sent national guardsmen to the border and signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in the state due to the influx of migrants.
“President Biden, if you care about the border, if you care about stopping cartels that commit all sorts of offenses … If you want to stop the disaster that is unfolding here and will only get worse in the coming months, President Biden, you must declare a national state of emergency and use the enormous powers available to your administration to stop what is happening here,” Ducey said at a news conference.
Ducey sent 250 National Guard personnel to the border on Tuesday to help border patrol agents deal with a record increase in the number of illegal migrants trying to enter the United States.
According to Governor Ducey’s office, the guardsmen will install and maintain border surveillance cameras, collect data, analyze images to identify border crossing trends, and assist staff at temporary detention centers for illegal migrants.
Ducey strongly condemned what he called “inaction and lack of planning” on the part of the White House.
The state is “suffering from mixed signals” sent by the White House, the governor said. On Tuesday, he called on the federal government to reimburse the state in advance for the cost of deploying the National Guard. Ducey confirmed on Wednesday that the state is paying for all expenses so far.
“We are willing to pay for this from our own budget, even though it is the responsibility of the federal government, and the federal government should pay the costs,” added Ducey, whose actions were supported by both Democratic Senators from Arizona, Mark Kelly, and Kyrsten Sinema.
Senators Kelly and Sinema also sent a message to President Biden, calling on him to reimburse Arizona for the cost of deploying the National Guard.
“We know that the National Guard can provide important assistance at the border… About 500 guardsmen are already deployed in the Yuma and Tucson sectors,” the Democratic senators said in a letter. ” We ask you to reimburse the state of Arizona for the deployment (of guardsmen) announced yesterday by the governor to support border security and increase the staff of the Department of Homeland Security, which can continue to assist in the registration of migrants… and performing important border security missions.”