Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has long been a critic of Joe Biden. It was September of last year, after all, that his office issued a scathing statement about Biden’s “dictatorial” policies regarding COVID vaccine mandates. These were policies that Ducey referred to as “another egregious big government overreach.”
Furthermore, Ducey took aim at those same policies with regard to the education of its Arizona’s children. In January of this year, Governor Doug Ducey’s office put out a press release stating that they will be suing the federal government over the Biden administration’s attempt to take away funding critical education programs aimed at keeping Arizona kids in the classroom. In that instance, the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court, seeks to protect federal funding granted to Arizona by Congress through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Governor Ducey created two programs in August that would use $173 million of those funds to help schools and parents struggling to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, it is being reported that Governor Ducey overruled ineffective and asleep at the switch President Joe Biden and signed a new bill to strengthen security on his state’s border with Mexico.
Ducey said: “Inaction by President Joe Biden has led to the worst border crisis in over 20 years. I’ve been outspoken about the impact this crisis has on Arizonans, our communities and migrants.
“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.”
State Rep. John Kavanagh, who sponsored the legislation, said, “The number of migrant encounters has skyrocketed at our border, overwhelming law enforcement and the Border Patrol.
“Thanks to the absent federal government, our border is in chaos and out of control. We need more support and physical barriers. This is a reasonable investment in Arizona’s safety and security. I’m grateful for Governor Ducey’s leadership to take action and secure the border.”
“The escalating southern border crisis and lack of federal action is taking a toll on Cochise County and all Arizona communities,” said John Ladd, Cochise County rancher.
“These significant investments from Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature are crucial in supporting ranchers like myself and protecting our great state — and I’m grateful for the Governor’s continued support.”
“Our nation is facing the worst border crisis in years due to the federal government’s inaction, and our communities are paying the price,” said Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb.
“Our state leaders and law enforcement have been taking action, doing all they can to protect Arizona. It is crucial we have the necessary resources along the southern border, and I appreciate Governor Ducey’s efforts to make that happen.”
“When the southern border is secure, Cochise County and the entire state are safer,” said Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels.
“Lax border policies from the federal government and U.S. Congress are putting Arizonans in danger. We’re taking action in Cochise County to mitigate the issue and protect our community.
“I appreciate Governor Ducey’s unwavering commitment to securing the border, supporting the men and women in law enforcement, and sending resources where they’re needed most.”