[Ed. – Remaking himself as the ‘most progressive president in U.S. history’ may not have been that smart an idea.]
Both Democratic senators from Arizona have backed Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s deployment of 500 National Guard soldiers to the U.S.-Mexico border. On Wednesday, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the state’s resources, which are in addition to existing federal law enforcement on the border, are not enough to handle the rising number of people illegally crossing in the Tucson and Yuma regions of the state.
“It’s clear that not enough is being done,” Sinema said. “Arizona is bearing the brunt of this crisis because of the federal government’s failure to address immigration issues over the last three decades.”
Sinema and Sen. Mark Kelly asked Biden to reimburse the state for the $25 million they expect the National Guard deployment to cost, but they have yet to hear back from the White House.