Democratic Gov. Hobbs Blasts Biden, Sends Troops To Border

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been a leading force in the ongoing backlash to Biden administration policies that have ushered in a record number of undocumented immigrants over the past three years.

His so-called “Operation Lone Star” dates back to 2021 and includes a number of policies, including the dispatch of Texas National Guard troops to the state’s border with Mexico.

As the illegal immigration problem worsens, a growing number of Democratic officials have embraced similar strategies in their own states.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, for example, recently implemented an executive order aimed at sending her state’s National Guard to help bolster security along the southern border.

Along with other Democrats who have begun pointing the finger at President Joe Biden for failing to stem the tide of illegal immigration, Hobbs’ statement on the matter signaled her disappointment with the federal response.

“Yet again, the federal government is refusing to do its job to secure our border and keep our communities safe,” she asserted in a press release. “With this Executive Order, I am taking action where the federal government won’t.”

The governor went on to stress that even with her executive order in place, there is a clear need for a change in White House border policy.

“Arizona needs resources and manpower to reopen the Lukeville crossing, manage the flow of migrants, and maintain a secure, orderly, and humane border,” she wrote. “Despite continued requests for assistance, the Biden administration has refused to deliver desperately needed resources to Arizona’s border.”

One of the busiest segments of the U.S.-Mexico border is located in the state and border patrol agents recorded more than 700 illegal crossings in the Tucson Sector alone during one day last month.

Arizona National Guard Captain Erin Hannigan explained the role that troops will play in “assisting the Department of Public Safety” along the border.

“There’s a lot that goes on with law enforcement,” she said. “There’s a lot of tasks that they need to complete in an administrative role, and stepping in to do that for them so that they can be on the streets, that they can be doing that active role, is really what we are trying to do.”