Amid an unprecedented surge in the number of migrants crossing the border into Arizona, the governor is declaring a state of emergency.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said his decision late Tuesday to declare a state of emergency resulted from the White House’s inaction on the issue.
“The situation in our border communities is just as bad — if not worse — than the coverage we’ve been seeing,” said Ducey in a statement. “It’s become evidently clear that Arizona needs the National Guard, and the White House is aware of that. Yet, to this day, there has been no action from this administration, and it doesn’t look like they are going to act any time soon. If this administration isn’t going to do anything, then we will.”
A total of 250 National Guard members is being sent to the border to “assist with medical operations,” set up cameras, monitor data, and “analyze satellite imagery” for smuggling trends.
In the last month, 172,000 migrants were apprehended at the border–the most in 15 years. Yet, the White House still refuses to call the issue a crisis.