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Arizona: Governor Katie Hobbs Launches Operation SECURE, Offers National Guard Mobilization to Open Lukeville Port of Entry

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Tucson, AZ ~ Today, Governor Katie Hobbs of Arizona launched Operation SECURE in order to bring order and security to the border. The operation will create a new Border Security Office within the Department of Homeland Security, funded for the year with $2 million from ARPA. It will also mobilize up to $5 million for the National Guard to augment and support the Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies along the southern border.

In addition, Governor Hobbs has written a letter to President Biden urging that 243 National Guard members already in the Tucson Sector be put to use to support reopening the Lukeville Point of Entry. Furthermore, she has billed the federal government for $512,529,333 in reimbursements for ongoing border operations resulting from its failure to secure Arizona's border.

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In a statement, Governor Hobbs said: "The decision to close the Lukeville Port of Entry has led to an unmitigated crisis in the area and put Arizona's safety and commerce at risk. Our ports of entry are vital for security and trade, and insufficient resources hinder our ability to properly manage the influx of migrants who have continued to come to Lukeville. With the launch of Operation SECURE, we are doing everything we can to secure the border, but we are at a breaking point. We need the federal government to step up, do its job, and bring security and order to our border."

Governor Hobbs is determined that Arizona will regularly seek reimbursement from the federal government for costs associated with securing its borders. She is confident that Operation SECURE will help ensure local, state, and federal assets are being properly leveraged in order keep Arizonans safe while maintaining a secure, humane, and orderly border.

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