Arizona Governor Doug Ducey described the state of the US-Mexico border as “a man-made crisis,” during Friday’s 2021 National Review Institute session. Summit of Ideas.
While the border has always been a significant issue in Arizona politics, Ducey stressed that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign “nationalized the issue” and that his administration’s partnerships with the governors of border states “had made a difference. real difference ”to secure it.
“Where we were in 2020 was drastically different from where we were before, and then came the Biden administration,” Ducey said.
Ducey explained that while Arizona has acted to strengthen law enforcement, there isn’t much it can do without help from the federal government, which hasn’t been as quick as it was under Trump. Specifically, Ducey praised the latest administration for its clear messages as well as for negotiating “stay in Mexico” and third-nation safe policies. In contrast, he criticized Biden for going back or getting rid of him, along with several other important steps.
Biden’s tenure as president has so far been notable for the influx of migrants to the southern border, drawn to these policy changes as well as Biden’s softer rhetoric on the issue of illegal immigration. As Jim Geraghty noted, the administration has struggled to deal with the crisis even if it is minimizing it, erecting hastily-built facilities, relocating staff while promising to evict fewer people. In March, US Customs and Border Protection apprehended more than 170,000 people at the southwest border. At one point, staff at border detention centers denied access to the media and even members of Congress, sparking rumors of cramped and unsanitary conditions inside.
In April, Governor Ducey deployed the National Guard and declared a state of emergency.
Ducey bluntly justified the decision, saying, “It has become clear that Arizona needs the National Guard, and the White House realizes it. Yet to date 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 does not want to do anything, we will.