Elected officials respond to National Guard at the border - Tucson News Now

Elected officials respond to National Guard at the border

(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday, April 9 announced that hundreds of National Guard members will be deployed to the Arizona/Mexico border.

More are expected to arrive on Tuesday to support President Donald Trump's call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

Below is are responses from several elected officials.

Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier

This morning, the Arizona border sheriffs had a conference call with Governor Ducey and members of his staff regarding the deployment of Arizona National Guard resources to assist with border security. The border sheriffs are appreciative of the level of communication and coordination we enjoy with the Governor and his staff. The Governor has assigned a member of his staff as a direct liaison with the border sheriffs regarding any issues which may arise regarding the deployment of military personnel.

Currently, 225 Arizona National Guard (AZNG) personnel are being deployed to assist federal law enforcement. An additional 113 will then follow, for a total initial deployment of 338. This deployment to the border will be very similar to the missions of military personnel under both the Bush and Obama administrations. AZNG personnel will be not be used in an enforcement role and will not have law enforcement powers. AZNG personnel will provide support to federal law enforcement so they may better deploy enforcement personnel/resources.

The Governor made clear the AZNG are simply providing additional resources to enhance border security, better interdiction of drug and human traffickers, and to give humanitarian assistance to migrants suffering criminal victimization and life-safety issues due to the extreme environment. The Governor will also be seeking additional funding for Operation Stonegarden to provide more assistance to local law enforcement in order to address public safety issues in the border region. Border sheriffs appreciate the prospect of additional funding coming to our counties.

Rep. Raul Grijalva

“Governor Ducey, granting the deployment of the U.S. National Guard to the U.S. — Mexico border is a mistake and an ineffective and wasteful use of U.S. military resources.

"We should instead focus on modernizing the infrastructure and technology at our ports of entries to ensure security and economic cooperation without further militarizing border communities.

"The state of Arizona must not be used as a political pawn that will leave visitors questioning the safety of our state. Arizona has much to offer, I am deeply concerned that an occupation of the State by the U.S. military may do irreversible damage.”

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels

This morning the Arizona border Sheriffs had a conference call with Governor Ducey and members of his staff regarding the deployment of Arizona National Guard resources to assist with border security. The border sheriffs are appreciative of the level of communication and coordination we enjoy with the Governor and his staff. The Governor has assigned a member of his staff as a direct liaison with the border sheriffs regarding any issues that may arise regarding the deployment of military personnel.

Currently, 225 Arizona National Guard (AZNG) personnel are being deployed to assist federal law enforcement. An additional 113 will follow shortly, for a total initial deployment of 338. This deployment to the border will be very similar to the missions of military personnel under both the Bush and Obama administrations. AZNG personnel will be not be used in an enforcement role and will not have law enforcement powers. AZNG personnel will provide support to federal law enforcement so it may better deploy its enforcement personnel/resources.

The Governor made clear we are simply providing additional resources to enhance border security, better interdict of drug and human traffickers and to assist in humanitarian assistance to migrants suffering criminal victimization and life-safety issues due to the extreme environment. The Governor will also be seeking additional funding for Operation Stonegarden to provide more assistance local law enforcement with address of public safety issues in the border region. Border sheriffs appreciate the prospect of additional funding coming to our counties.

As your Sheriff, I welcome additional resources to better secure our border focusing on law enforcement and border security. We look forward to this resource augmenting and coordinating with our existing efforts that include local, state, and federal agencies. Although it may seem as if this is a militarization of our international border, it is an effort that has previously been implemented under prior presidential administrations of both political parties. We will continue to provide information to all of you regarding the progress and success of this deployment.

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