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(Washington Free Beacon) Arizona’s Democratic governor Katie Hobbs plans to defund a border enforcement team that specializes in countering international crime organizations, earning condemnation from critics who point to record numbers of illegal migrants and drugs crossing the border.
The Border Strike Force, established in 2015 by then-governor Doug Ducey (R.) to “help secure Arizona’s border and thwart transnational criminal organizations,” will be dismantled under Hobbs’s proposed budget. The governor, who took office earlier this year, said the funds should be redirected to be “more beneficial” in coordinating law enforcement at the border.
Hobbs’s decision to gut the force, which focuses on countering global drug smugglers, comes as the United States faces record amounts of drugs coming over the border, with reported fentanyl seizures at U.S. ports of entries quadrupling from 2019 to 2021. The decision could prove to be a political gift to Republicans, who will likely need to win Arizona to have any chance of winning back the White House in 2024. Nearly four in five voters in the state say illegal immigration is a bad thing, and a wide majority support building a wall…Arizona Dem Governor Plans To Defund Border Force Amid Migrant Crisis