EXCLUSIVE: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday urged Gov. Doug Ducey to declare a state of emergency in the state in response to the rising crisis on the southern border — because the state seems to be to deploy the National Guard to cope with the surge in migrants.
“Reversing the devastating trends at the border will require enforcing the rule of law and holding the federal government accountable,” Brnovich stated in a letter to his fellow Republican, urging the state authorities to act “swiftly.”
Brnovich calls on Ducey to declare a state of emergency and convene the state’s emergency council to “address the border crisis and the human and illegal drug trafficking that will continue to flow from it.”
Border states like Arizona have been on the forefront of the crisis, which has seen greater than 172,000 migrants encountered in March alone — indicators that the surge this yr will eclipse that seen in 2019.
The Biden administration has blamed the surge in half on the Trump administration’s dismantling of authorized pathways to asylum, whereas additionally downplaying it as a “challenge.” Meanwhile, Republicans together with Ducey and Brnovich have blamed the numbers on the Biden administration’s insurance policies — similar to its resolution to roll again Trump-era insurance policies just like the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP.)
“This is a crisis, this is an emergency,” Ducey stated on Fox News’ “Journal Editorial Report” this month. “This is a problem that was largely solved or stable under the previous [Trump] administration. The Biden White House is divorced from reality. They need to fix these policies, properly communicate and provide resources to border states now so we can stem the tide of what’s happening at this border. It’s both a national security crisis and a humanitarian crisis.”
He additionally summed up the stark circumstances going through the state: “We’re at a nearly 500% increase in terms of apprehensions. We’re at 300%-plus increase of people that are coming over that have a previous criminal record.”
Ducey has indicated he needs to activate the state’s National Guard to the border and has requested federal reimbursement to accomplish that, one thing that Arizona has achieved earlier than throughout border surges.
“Deployment of the National Guard is critical to dealing with this crisis, and we are actively engaged in planning with the Guard,” a spokesperson for the governor informed Fox News on Tuesday.
Ducey was in Washington this week speaking to lawmakers from Arizona and different states concerning the border crisis. Last week, he accused the Biden administration of ignoring the scenario on the border and indicated the Guard can be activated quickly.
“The National Guard will be part of the solution and we will have action taken,” he stated at a press convention.
Brnovich’s letter urges him to accomplish that instantly, even when the federal reimbursement has not been secured: “They require reinforcements as soon as possible, even if it means we have to act now and fight for the federal dollars later,” he writes.
Brnovich additionally stated cities and cities want monetary help coping with the inflow of migrants, noting that Gila Bend Town Council just lately declared a state of emergency after Border Patrol dropped off dozens of migrants at a park.
“These cities and towns will soon hit their breaking point if we do not provide additional resources,” he says.
The letter is the most recent indicator of how states have been grappling to deal with a dramatic rise in migration themselves — even because the Biden administration can be scrambling to open migrant services whereas pushing international locations south of the border to improve troop presence at their borders.
Brnovich, as state AG, has launched a number of lawsuits aimed toward Biden immigration insurance policies, together with one this week that alleged that the halt of border wall development and the ending of MPP was in violation of the National Environmental Protection Act. He has additionally written to top Biden officials, together with Vice President Kamala Harris, inviting them to the border.
Meanwhile, Ducey final week warned that whereas Arizona can act, it additionally requires the federal authorities to take motion throughout the border for it to be absolutely efficient.
“Arizona is going to do its part of course, but if we protect Arizona and these same folks are coming through Texas or New Mexico or California, it really goes for naught,” he stated.