Ducey wants to deploy the National Guard to the border

Army National Guard soldiers, members of an entry identification team, watch the U.S.-Mexico border near Nogales, January 2007./ U.S. Army photo

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Army National Guard soldiers, members of an entry identification team, watch the U.S.-Mexico border near Nogales, January 2007. U.S. Army photo

Gov. Doug Ducey wants to use Arizona National Guard troops to help local law enforcement officials to deal with the crisis at the Mexican border and is asking the federal government to help cover the costs.

Ducey tweeted on Friday that he requested federal reimbursement for a National Guard deployment during a phone call with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“Our sheriffs need help. Our mayors need help. Border patrol needs help. And we have a real opportunity to partner to ensure additional boots on the ground are available to manage this crisis,” Ducey tweeted on Friday morning. “In Arizona, we’ve previously deployed the National Guard to the border to support law enforcement. I’ve requested federal reimbursement for deployment, so we can do it again and get this crisis under control.”

It’s unclear how many troops Ducey wants to send to the border, where he hopes to deploy them, or exactly what duties he wants them to perform. The Ducey administration refused to answer questions for the Arizona Mirror.

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