Arizona Gov Signs Law to Fund Border Wall Construction with Big Cash
Republican Governor Doug Ducey signs bill into law to defend border with Mexico
Arizona's Republican Governor Doug Ducey has signed a big-money bill into law to fund the construction of a wall along the state's border with Mexico.
Like many border states, Arizona has been hit hard by Democrat Joe Biden's border crisis as thousands of illegal migrants continue to flood the country.
On Thursday, Ducey signed the bill into law that sends hundreds of millions of dollars to build a border wall on his state’s border with Mexico.
The legislation directs $335 million in state cash “to construct and maintain a border fence, purchase or install border security technologies, and to pay associated administrative costs,” the governor’s office said.
Ducey directly blamed Biden and his policies for the border crisis.
“Inaction by President Joe Biden has led to the worst border crisis in over 20 years,” Ducey said after signing the bill.
"The state budget’s border funding contains $209 million in funding for border-related enforcement,” the Associated Press reported.
"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.”
TAKING ACTION: Today we signed the most meaningful border security legislation in Arizona history – a plan to make record investments in protecting the state from the unprecedented crisis confronting our communities and law enforcement. 1/ pic.twitter.com/zHQk3NdlKA— Doug Ducey (@DougDucey) June 30, 2022
In remarks that he made Thursday, Ducey blasted Biden and the Democrats for their "inaction" on the border crisis.
He noted that the Democratic dream of a porous border has created a nightmare of human trafficking and cross-border crime in his state.
"I’ve been outspoken about the impact this crisis has on Arizonans, our communities, and migrants,” Ducey said in a letter.
"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.”