Hobbs signs executive order sending National Guard to Arizona's south border

On Friday afternoon, Gov. Katie Hobbs issued an executive order directing the deployment of the National Guard to Arizona border communities. The National Guard will support Department of Public Safety troopers and other law enforcement agencies throughout southern Arizona, according to officials.

“Yet again, the federal government is refusing to do its job to secure our border and keep our communities safe,” Hobbs said in a prepared statement. “With this Executive Order, I am acting in places where the federal government will not.”

“But we can’t do it alone; Arizona needs funding and manpower to reopen the Lukeville crossing, regulate the flow of migrants, and keep the border secure, orderly, and humanitarian. Despite repeated requests, the Biden administration has refused to deploy critically needed resources to Arizona’s border.”

Members of the National Guard will be stationed at various border crossings, including Lukeville and the San Miguel crossing. According to Hobbs’ staff, the Biden Administration has not responded to the governor’s request for reimbursement for border security spending.

On Friday morning, Hobbs met with Sonora Governor Alfonso Durazo Montao, and both agreed to work together to reopen the Lukeville port.

Lukeville’s port of entry has been closed for nearly two weeks, causing problems for local residents and businesses. Many travelers are instead using the San Luis Port of Entry, resulting in lengthier wait times. Some people said they waited more than two hours to cross.

Meanwhile, other businesses have decided to go out of business totally. According to one employee, the shop where he works saw more foot traffic during COVID-19 than during the continuing closure.

The Lukeville port of entry has been closed due to “increased levels of migrant encounters at the Southwest Border,” according to a statement from US Customs and Border Protection.

Lukeville is located in the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol, which was the busiest of nine along the US-Mexico border in October. According to reports from KOLD, Arizona’s Family sister station in southern Arizona, a hole was cut in the border barrier near Lukeville.

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