Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday signed a bill into law that would send up to $335 million to build the border wall on Arizona’s border with Mexico. This comes after Joe Biden’s disastrous policies have resulted in a hysteric border crisis.
The legislation aims “to construct and maintain a border fence, purchase or install border security technologies, and to pay associated administrative costs,” the governor’s office said.
“The state budget’s border funding contains $209 million in funding for border-related enforcement,” as per an Associated Press report. “That includes a new jail in Cochise County and payments for local prosecutors and transportation. It also has $45 million for emergency operations and ‘fusion’ centers and $54 million in cash for local sheriff’s offices,” the AP report added.
In his remarks on Thursday, Governor Ducey blamed Joe Biden for “the worst border crisis in over 20 years”
“I’ve been outspoken about the impact this crisis has on Arizonans, our communities and migrants,” Ducey said in a statement. “We’ve taken numerous steps to help resolve the chaos, including deploying the Arizona National Guard, signing legislation to address human smuggling and transporting migrants on a voluntary basis to Washington, D.C. Ultimately, however, securing our border is the responsibility of the federal government… With this investment, we are giving our law enforcement professionals another critical resource they need to successfully do their jobs. We are standing up for the rule of law, and we are cementing Arizona’s commitment to securing our state and our entire nation.”
Arizona would now become the second state to implement state-level measures to tackle the Biden border crisis. Recently, the state of Texas, under the leadership of Republican Governor Greg Abbott has announced measures like deploying the state’s national guards and building a state-funded border wall to limit the mass flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico.
The Texas state government has also attempted to deal with the issue by cutting businesses and diplomatic ties from Mexican border towns that promote and encourage illegal immigration into the United States.
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