Record-Breaking Numbers and Border Crossing Closure
Arizona’s Tucson Sector is grappling with the impact of a new wave of migrants. In a recent development, the sector set a new record for weekly encounters, with over 17,500 migrants being encountered by officials. The surge has forced federal officials to close the border crossing in Lukeville as they redirect resources to address the situation. This surge comes in the midst of the ongoing migrant crisis, now entering its third year.
State Official Takes Action Amid Federal Government’s Inaction
In response to the federal government’s perceived failure to secure the border and ensure community safety, an Arizona state official, Hobbs, has taken matters into her own hands. Hobbs expressed her frustration, stating, “Yet again, the federal government is refusing to do its job to secure our border and keep our communities safe.” She has issued an Executive Order to address the situation, emphasizing the need for Arizona to receive the necessary resources and manpower to reopen the Lukeville crossing, manage the migrant flow, and maintain a secure, orderly, and humane border.
Funding Requests Delayed in Congress
The Biden administration has faced criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for the lack of resources provided to address the crisis. Despite continued requests for assistance, the administration has failed to deliver the desperately needed resources to Arizona’s border. To combat the issue, the administration has requested additional emergency supplemental funding from Congress. This funding, which includes $1.4 billion for shelter and services for migrants, aims to alleviate the strain on the Department of Homeland Security’s custody. Additionally, $800 million has already been distributed to states and non-governmental organizations to assist with the released migrants.
Political Gridlock and Calls for Compromise
The funding request has hit a roadblock in Congress as Republicans demand stricter asylum and humanitarian parole restrictions. Democrats, however, have been resistant to these demands. Ongoing discussions between Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans, and the Biden administration seek to find a resolution to the political gridlock. President Biden has expressed openness to “significant compromises” and the White House has reportedly considered restrictions such as expanded detention. Yet, it remains uncertain whether these measures will garner enough support from Democrats or Republicans to break the impasse.