Governors Doug Ducey and Greg Abbott ask other states for border help

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Governors Doug Ducey and Greg Abbott have sent a letter requesting all U.S. governors send any available law enforcement resources to their states along the U.S.-Mexico border to help with the ongoing border crisis. The governors hope this additional law enforcement support from other states would provide much-needed assistance in Arizona and Texas, allowing for the apprehension of more perpetrators of state and federal crimes before they can cause problems in border communities and all states across the nation. 

In April, Gov. Ducey declared a state of emergency at the southern border and deployed the Arizona National Guard to support law enforcement agencies in border regions. 

In May, Ducey joined 19 other governors to call for Joe Biden to take action and reverse their policies regarding the U.S. border. The group wrote a letter to President Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris describing worsening conditions at the border. 

Ducey stated, “As a border state, Arizona is on the front lines of the border crisis. We feel the impacts of human trafficking, drug smuggling, and this humanitarian crisis first. Now, the Biden-Harris border crisis is affecting other states too. And it’s clear the crisis is the direct result of this administration’s broken policies and botched messaging.”

The joint letter states, “In response to the ongoing surge of illegal border crossings, with the accompanying threats to private property and to the safety of our citizens, Governor Abbott has declared a disaster, and Governor Ducey has declared an emergency.”

“Texas and Arizona have stepped up to secure the border in the federal government’s absence, and now the Emergency Management Assistance Compact gives your State a chance to stand strong with us,” the letter continues. 

Ducey commented on Twitter, “The # of illegal border crossings this fiscal year is already the most since 2006. This is a crisis, our law enforcement professionals need help. In response, @GovAbbott and I sent a letter to all US governors requesting law enforcement support along the border in our states.”