Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday toured the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector Headquarters, praising the employees for their work.
States along the U.S. southern border have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of migrants entering the country illegally.
According to data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the group has apprehended 1.7 million migrants during the fiscal year, the highest number in decades.
“We’ve been saying for months that our country has more than just a border crisis — we have a humanitarian crisis,” said Governor Ducey. “Children and families have faced illness, violence and death on their treacherous path to our border. This has direct implications for Arizona, especially our border communities. All Arizonans—all Americans—owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women of the Border Patrol for their dedication and hard work. Thank you to Tucson Sector agents for today’s briefing and for the frank assessment on what they’re seeing on the ground and what additional actions are needed.”
Furthermore, CBP data shows that they have seized 2,600 pounds of fentanyl, approximately 16,000 pounds of marijuana, and more than 19,000 pounds of methamphetamine in Arizona alone.
When examining the facility and speaking with officers, Ducey called for action from the Biden administration to limit the flow of migrants over the U.S. southern border.
“We need leadership from the federal government,” the governor continued. “The Biden Administration needs to communicate that our border is closed. Arizona is prepared to protect our border, and we’ve taken steps to fill the void the federal government has left and will continue to do so. Arizona is dedicated to supporting Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement officers.”
Previously, Ducey and other GOP governors presented a 10-point plan for President Joe Biden to strengthen the border.
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