On Thursday, Governors Doug Ducey and Greg Abbott sent an “urgent” letter to all U.S. governors asking them to send available law enforcement resources to the U.S.-Mexico border. The duo’s letter is in response to the increase in illegal border crossings, apprehensions and unaccompanied migrant children in federal custody.
In their joint letter, the Arizona and Texas governors told their fellow governors: “In response to the ongoing surge of illegal border crossings, with the accompanying threats to private property and to the safety of our citizens, Governor Abbott has declared a disaster and Governor Ducey has declared an emergency.”
“Texas and Arizona have stepped up to secure the border in the federal government’s absence, and now the Emergency Management Assistance Compact gives your State a chance to stand strong with us,” the letter states.
According to the governors, law enforcement support from other states will provide additional manpower in Arizona and Texas, allowing for the apprehension of more perpetrators of state and federal crimes before they can cause problems in border communities and all states across the nation.
With the temperatures rising, and the failure of the Biden administration to dissuade migration north, those living along the border expect to see more resources needed to rescue migrants, and deaths among crossers abandoned by coyotes.
Ducey and Abbott are looking to the states to stand together in the wake of what they believe is a federal failure. The governors wrote:
Given the staggering number of violations now occurring in Texas and Arizona, additional manpower is needed from any State that can spare it. With your help, we can apprehend more of these perpetrators of state and federal crimes, before they can cause problems in your State. As required by Article 11l(B) of the Compact, authorized representatives from Texas and Arizona will be contacting their counterparts in your State to prepare an appropriately detailed request for law enforcement assistance. Texas and Arizona have stepped up to secure the border in the federal government’s absence, and now the Emergency Management Assistance Compact gives your State a chance to stand strong with us.