Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs has taken decisive action by deploying National Guard soldiers to address escalating migration challenges along the US-Mexico border. Expressing frustration with the Biden administration’s perceived inaction, Hobbs issued an executive order on Friday, emphasizing the necessity of securing the border and safeguarding local communities.
The move comes after the closure of the Lukeville crossing, a significant crossing point, ostensibly to concentrate resources on combating illegal migration.
In her executive order, Governor Hobbs underscored the state’s need for additional resources and manpower to manage the flow of migrants and reopen the Lukeville crossing.
She criticized the federal government’s refusal to deliver essential resources, stating, “Despite continued requests for assistance, the Biden administration has refused to deliver desperately needed resources to Arizona’s border.” The closure of the Lukeville crossing has had a profound impact on nearby communities that rely on legal migration for economic sustenance, affecting families on both sides of the border.
Immigration has emerged as a central issue in the political landscape, particularly as Republicans gear up for the upcoming general election. Governor Hobbs, representing a “purple” state, finds herself in a vulnerable position as Democrats navigate the complex terrain of border security and immigration policies.
The governor, along with Arizona’s senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, previously appealed to the White House in a joint letter, requesting the deployment of the National Guard to address the challenges at the Lukeville Crossing. As the situation unfolds, the management of migration is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the discourse leading into the 2024 presidential election, where immigration remains a nuanced and polarizing topic.