Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Arizona Governor Sending National Guard to Southern Border
gvw_ap_news
By Associated Press
Published 3 years ago on
April 21, 2021

Share

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday he is sending 250 National Guard troops to the state’s southern border with Mexico amid the increased arrivals of migrants.

The announcement came the day Customs and Border Protection held an open house at a new tent-like migrant processing center in the border community of Yuma. It is the first of two planned in Arizona to help agents process and temporarily shelter a growing number of asylum seekers arriving at the border. A similar structure is opening later this month in Tucson.

Ducey Calls the Immigration Situation a ‘Crisis’

The Republican governor has quarreled with the administration of President Joe Biden over immigration policies, and he calls the situation on the border a “crisis.”

“If this administration isn’t going to do anything, then we will,” Ducey said.

There was no immediate response from Customs and Border Protection officials.

The American Civil Liberties Union in Arizona said Ducey’s actions “do nothing more than further militarize our border communities and stoke unnecessary and unjustified fear.”

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat whose district includes Arizona’s southern border, said the deployment was purely political and will do nothing to resolve backlogs, improve care of unaccompanied minors, or help border communities.

The governor’s office said $25 million will initially be set aside to help local and state law enforcement officers such as state troopers.

Guard members could help with medical operations at detention centers, install and maintain border cameras, collect data from public safety cameras and analyze satellite imagery for current smuggling trends, the announcement said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who also is a Republican, last month deployed about 500 members of his state’s National Guard to the border in Texas, which is seeing the largest share of current arrivals

Border Towns Call for Help with Growing Numbers of Asylum Seekers

Ducey said in his announcement he will travel Wednesday to Yuma to meet with local officials and law enforcement agencies.

Officials in small Arizona border towns including Yuma, Ajo and Gila Bend have called on the federal government to help them manage small groups of asylum seekers being suddenly released in their communities by CBP officials who say they don’t have capacity to hold them. The towns don’t have the resources to transport the migrants to larger cities where they can get temporary shelter and logistical help reuniting with relatives elsewhere in the U.S.

An earlier statement from Customs and Border Protection said the Yuma and Tucson shelters will be similar to a soft-sided, 90,000-square-foot (about 8,360-square-meter) processing center for migrants that recently opened in Eagle Pass, Texas. One like it was temporarily erected in Yuma in 2019, when a large number of migrant arrived during the Trump administration.

The soft-sided processing centers are separate from shelters that Health and Human Services operates for unaccompanied children, who are housed separately from other migrants after processing.

CBP is turning away most adult migrants attempting to enter the U.S. under a public health order issued at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Biden administration is allowing unaccompanied minors and some families to remain, at least temporarily, while authorities determine whether they can stay through the asylum process or under another legal category.

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

House to Send Mayorkas Impeachment Articles to the Senate, Forcing a Trial

DON'T MISS

Parker Wins MLB Debut as Nationals Beat Dodgers on Jackie Robinson Day

DON'T MISS

Facing a Republican Revolt, House Speaker Johnson Pushes Ahead on US Aid for Ukraine

DON'T MISS

Giants Rally With 3 Runs in 7th to Beat NL-Worst Marlins

DON'T MISS

Ken Holtzman, MLB’s Winningest Jewish Pitcher Who Won 3 World Series With A’s, Dies at 78

DON'T MISS

Ex-Marine Gets 9 Years in Prison for Firebombing California Planned Parenthood Clinic

DON'T MISS

Fresno Coin Gallery Owner Reveals Why Gold & Silver Are Hot Investments

DON'T MISS

A Fresno Edition of Monopoly? That’s Capitalism at Work, Baby!

DON'T MISS

California Officials Sue Huntington Beach Over Voter ID Law Passed at Polls

DON'T MISS

Indiana Fever Receives No. 1 Overall Draft Pick Caitlin Clark

UP NEXT

US Shoots Down Iran-Launched Attack Drones as Biden Team Pledges ‘Support’ for Israel

UP NEXT

US Intelligence Finding Shows China Surging Equipment Sales to Russia to Help War Effort in Ukraine

UP NEXT

Austin Tells Congress Israel Is Taking Steps to Boost Aid to Gaza as Lawmakers Question US Support

UP NEXT

4.8 Magnitude NYC Earthquake Unnerves the Northeast

UP NEXT

State Department Under Fire for Downplaying Attack on Humanitarian Workers in Gaza

UP NEXT

Person Catches Bird Flu After Being in Contact With Texas Cows

UP NEXT

Alternate Channel Opened for Vessels Clearing Wreckage at Baltimore Bridge Collapse Site

UP NEXT

Federal EV Charging Stations Are Key to Biden’s Climate Agenda, Yet Only 4 States Have Them

UP NEXT

US Drops in World Happiness Rankings as Those Under 30 Report Declining Well-Being

UP NEXT

Top Former US Generals Say Failures of Biden Administration in Planning Drove Chaotic Fall of Kabul

Giants Rally With 3 Runs in 7th to Beat NL-Worst Marlins

32 mins ago

Ken Holtzman, MLB’s Winningest Jewish Pitcher Who Won 3 World Series With A’s, Dies at 78

1 hour ago

Ex-Marine Gets 9 Years in Prison for Firebombing California Planned Parenthood Clinic

3 hours ago

Fresno Coin Gallery Owner Reveals Why Gold & Silver Are Hot Investments

3 hours ago

A Fresno Edition of Monopoly? That’s Capitalism at Work, Baby!

18 hours ago

California Officials Sue Huntington Beach Over Voter ID Law Passed at Polls

18 hours ago

Indiana Fever Receives No. 1 Overall Draft Pick Caitlin Clark

18 hours ago

Which Fresno Restaurants Are Best? The Pros Picked These Places.

19 hours ago

Trump’s Historic Hush-Money Trial Gets Underway; 1st Day Ends Without Any Jurors Being Picked

19 hours ago

Fresno-Madera United Way Launches National Search for New CEO

Local /

20 hours ago

House to Send Mayorkas Impeachment Articles to the Senate, Forcing a Trial

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Mike Johnson is sending impeachment charges against Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate on Tuesday, forcing senators...

13 mins ago

13 mins ago

House to Send Mayorkas Impeachment Articles to the Senate, Forcing a Trial

23 mins ago

Parker Wins MLB Debut as Nationals Beat Dodgers on Jackie Robinson Day

25 mins ago

Facing a Republican Revolt, House Speaker Johnson Pushes Ahead on US Aid for Ukraine

32 mins ago

Giants Rally With 3 Runs in 7th to Beat NL-Worst Marlins

1 hour ago

Ken Holtzman, MLB’s Winningest Jewish Pitcher Who Won 3 World Series With A’s, Dies at 78

3 hours ago

Ex-Marine Gets 9 Years in Prison for Firebombing California Planned Parenthood Clinic

3 hours ago

Fresno Coin Gallery Owner Reveals Why Gold & Silver Are Hot Investments

Fresno Monopoly Edition
18 hours ago

A Fresno Edition of Monopoly? That’s Capitalism at Work, Baby!

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend