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Arizona National Guard troops being sent to the border will focus initially on the Yuma area but could eventually expand to other areas, Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday. He's calling in 250 Guard members to free up law enforcement officers. (April 21)
DOUG DUCEY: Local officials who are on the front lines dealing with this. President Biden, if you want to stop the disaster that's unfolding here and will only get worse in the coming months, President Biden, you should declare a national emergency and deploy the vast powers of your administration to stop what's happening here.
Yesterday, I declared a state of emergency at the border, and I announced we're deploying the National Guard. Under the leadership of newly appointed adjutant General Kerry Muehlenbeck, we will be sending up to 250 of our best women and men to our border communities, including here in Yuma.
Our border patrol, they would define this as a crisis. Those are the discussions that we're having. We're surging badges to the border. Border patrol is overwhelmed. I mean, there's over 170,000 apprehensions that have happened on our southern border, 18,000 children that are in the custody of the federal government. The federal government, not a very good parent.
So there are resources that are needed here. And the border patrol's mission is, of course, to patrol the border. But they're in a position where they're forced to, of course, from a humanitarian standpoint, change diapers and make formula.