Governor Doug Ducey is sending 250 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. Ducey said Tuesday he issued a Declaration of Emergency to activate the Guard and deploy them to southern Arizona. The move was made to support local law enforcement efforts as there has been a rise in arrests and migrant children in federal custody. Ducey says “it’s become evidently clear that Arizona needs the National Guard, and the White House is aware of that. Yet, to this day there has been no action from this administration and it doesn’t look like they are going to act anytime soon.” He adds, “if this administration isn’t going to do nothing, then we will.” The state will provide $25-million in initial funding for the mission. The Guard will assist with medical operations in detention center, install and maintain border cameras, monitor and collect data from public safety cameras and analyze satellite imagery for current trends in smuggling corridors.
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