Arizona Deploys National Guard Amid Biden’s Border Crisis

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) issued an executive order on Friday, deploying the state’s National Guard to support law enforcement along the southern border with Mexico.

In a statement, Hobbs said, “Once more, the federal government neglects its duty to safeguard our border and ensure the safety of our communities. Through this executive order, I am stepping in where the federal government falls short.”

She added, “But we can’t stand alone; Arizona needs resources and manpower to reopen the Lukeville crossing, manage the flow of migrants and maintain a secure, orderly and humane border. Despite continued requests for assistance, the Biden administration has refused to deliver desperately needed resources to Arizona’s border.”

Leaders of the National Guard reported that extensive meetings were held throughout Friday in readiness for the initiative. Captain Erin Hannigan stated, “Specifically, we will be assisting the Department of Public Safety,” clarifying that while they are not law enforcement, they will be present in a supportive role.

She added, “There’s a lot that goes on with law enforcement. There’s a lot of tasks that they need to complete in an administrative role, and stepping into do that for them so that they can be on the streets, that they can be doing that active role is really what we are trying to do.”

In the previous month, the Tuscon Sector of the US Border Patrol witnessed a surge in unauthorized immigrants entering the US. The surge exceeded 700 individuals in a single day. Consequently, Chief Patrol Agent John Modlin decided to temporarily suspend updates on the sector’s social media accounts.

Modlin wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, “In light of the ongoing migration surge, all Tucson Sector Border Patrol social media accounts will be paused until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and continued support during this challenging time. Honor First.”

The decision to activate the National Guard occurs as Democratic leaders nationwide align with Republicans in expressing dissatisfaction with the Biden administration’s management of the crisis at the US-Mexico border.

Last week, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) conveyed to his constituents that “help is not on the way” following his meeting with Joe Biden, during which he sought federal aid to address the illegal immigrant crisis in his city.