Despite the vast evidence to the contrary, US President Joe Biden seems to think that the humanitarian crisis at the southern border is no big deal. In fact, he’s suggested that the unprecedented number of migrants surging across the border is “seasonal” and, therefore, routine.
Those on the ground, at the site of the issue, are claiming something far, far different.
Arizona has become the first border state to declare an emergency amid a surge in arrests of people crossing the border illegally. Gov, Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency in six counties in southwest Arizona Wednesday, saying the Border Patrol is “overwhelmed” and local law enforcement agencies are “crying out for help,” the Arizona Republic reports.
Ducey is sending 250 National Guard troops to support law enforcement at the border with Mexico. His office says the troops will help with medical operations in detention centers and will install and maintain a state-operated camera system on the border, per the Hill.
The governor didn’t waste the political potential of the declaration, either.
“The numbers don’t lie, this drastic surge is a direct result of the bad policy, coming out of Washington, DC”[…]
Vice President Kamala Harris has been assigned to address the border issue, but in the 29 days since that declaration, Harris has neither visited the border nor has she held a press conference to update the nation regarding her efforts.