Arizona: Governor Katie Hobbs, Border Community Leaders Call on Federal Government for Action on Border Security

Phoenix, AZ ~ The State of Arizona has spent tens of millions of dollars on border security this year, according to Governor Katie Hobbs. In response to the increasing number of border crossings and the potential for a federal government shutdown, Hobbs and border community leaders have called on the federal government for immediate action to provide resources to Arizona border communities.

"My administration has worked tirelessly to support border communities, stem the flow of drugs and human trafficking, and keep our neighborhoods safe," said Hobbs. "But as it stands today, Arizona is being overwhelmed. I'm calling on Congress and the Biden administration to come together immediately to deliver much needed border security to the State of Arizona. Federal officials need to put politics aside and pass real solutions that will give our state the resources it needs to manage the increase in migrants at the border."

Sheriff Mark Dannels echoed Hobbs' sentiments, saying "Border sheriffs like me are at the frontlines of this issue every day...Governor Hobbs and I share a commitment to keeping our communities safe and managing the increase in crossing the best we can, but we need help from the federal government. Congress and the Biden administration have to take action now to deliver resources to communities like mine to ensure our border is secure."

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Pima County Board of Supervisors Chair Adelita Grijalva also expressed her appreciation for Governor Hobbs' partnership in helping Pima County manage asylum seekers delivered by Customs and Border Protection. However, she noted that their resources are at capacity and they need immediate assistance from the federal government in order for them to continue providing critical services related to this issue.

The State of Arizona has provided various forms of assistance this year including over $35 million spent by DPS on border security, drug interdiction, anti-human trafficking and local community support; over $10.5 million spent by DEMA on transportation for 10,247 migrants; $16,385,000 in grants awarded by AZDOHS for local law enforcement agencies; as well as an additional $3 million committed by DEMA towards Pima County's Drexel facility managing migrant services.

Governor Hobbs concluded her statement with a call for Congress and President Biden's administration "to come together immediately" in order provide much needed resources for Arizona's border communities so they can continue their work safely and effectively.

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