From Fox News:
Arizona’s Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are both backing the governor’s decision to deploy the National Guard to the southern border in response to the surge in migrants that has overwhelmed authorities.
“I welcome the Governor’s action to provide logistical support to Arizona communities, and look forward to hearing more details about how the National Guard will assist,” Sinema said in a statement. “I will continue working closely with Arizona leaders and organizations to support our border communities, secure the border, prevent the spread of COVID-19, and treat all migrants and unaccompanied children fairly and humanely.”
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday announced that he is deploying the state’s National Guard to the border and issuing an emergency declaration in response to the growing migrant crisis.
“It’s just as bad, if not worse, than the coverage we’ve been seeing,” Ducey said in a statement. The U.S. border patrol is overwhelmed, local law enforcement and mayors are calling out for help. Citizens in our border communities are concerned for their safety and non-profits left to pick up the pieces of broken federal policies are strained.”
The Guard will be involved with installing and maintaining border cameras, collecting data, analyzing imagery for trends in border crossings, and helping with operations at detention centers, Ducey’s office said.
Ducey had indicated for weeks that he was considering deploying the Guard and had requested federal reimbursement to do so.
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BIDEN on ???: ‘This Makes Jim Crow Look Like Jim Eagle!’
President Biden held his first solo press briefing from the White House Thursday after 64 days in office; answering questions pertaining to immigration, the Coronavirus pandemic, and working with Republicans.
“This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle! I mean this is gigantic!
Watch Biden’s comments above.
President Biden is poised to deliver his first solo press conference with members of the media today shortly after 1PM; ending a nine-week blackout that defies nearly a century of White House tradition.
“During past administrations, it took former President Trump 28 days to hold a press conference, only 21 days for former President Obama, and 34 days for former President George W. Bush,” reports Fox News.
The briefing comes just hours after Biden appointed his Vice President -Kamala Harris- to lead the administration’s response to the spiraling crisis surrounding the US-Mexico border.
“President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he has appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead efforts on stemming migration across the U.S.-Mexico border as the administration faces growing political pressure to address a surge in undocumented migrant children unaccompanied by parents,” reports NBC News.
BREAKING: President Biden says he has appointed VP Harris to lead efforts on stemming migration across the US-Mexico border; Harris will focus on coordination with Mexico and the Northern Triangle, Biden says. https://t.co/k5X9SuG7fg
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 24, 2021
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador blamed US President Joe Biden for the massive influx of migrants from Central America moving across the United States’ southern border Wednesday; saying he signaled they would be “treated better” than the Trump administration.
“Expectations were created that with the government of President Biden there would be a better treatment of migrants. And this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so,” Obrador told reporters.
“People don’t go to the United States for fun, they go out of necessity,” he added.
“They see [Biden] as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States,” said the Mexican President. “We need to work together to regulate the flow, because this business can’t be tackled from one day to the next.”
— New York Post (@nypost) March 24, 2021
Furious Republican lawmakers sent a scathing letter to the Department of Homeland Security this week after the agency reportedly released illegal migrants into the United States without court dates.
“Despite your repeated claims that ‘the border is secure,’ these reports raise serious questions about DHS’ commitment to faithfully enforcing the law,” said the statement signed by 14 legislators.
“Multiple Border Patrol agents confirmed the new process to Fox News, revealing that they have been directed to use prosecutorial discretion to forgo the hours-long process of paperwork required to issue an NTA amid the surge of migrants at the border,” reports Fox News.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
BIDEN on ???: President Says Migrants Aren’t ‘Coming Because I’m a Nice Guy’
President Biden spoke with ABC News this week on a series of issues including the massive influx of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border; saying undocumented workers aren’t showing up “because I’m a nice guy!”
“The idea that Joe Biden said come — I heard the other day that they’re coming because, you know, I’m a nice guy,” said Biden.
“They’re saying this!” fired-back George Stephanopoulos.
“Yeah, well here’s the deal, they’re not!” fired-back the President.
Biden: “Yeah, well here’s the deal, they’re not.”pic.twitter.com/762AJcEI6c
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 17, 2021
Watch the President’s comments above.