Arizona lawmakers urge Ducey to use border war power | National government and new policies

Republican governors have deployed thousands of National Guard personnel to patrol the border, including about 150 from Arizona who work in support roles but do not apprehend immigrants. Lawmakers and former Trump officials want them empowered to do much more.

The US Border Patrol reported more than 1.6 million encounters with migrants along the US-Mexico border from September 2020 to September 2021, more than four times the number from the previous fiscal year and the highest annual total never recorded.

Their request is based on a new interpretation of the US Constitution, which states that states cannot “engage in war unless actually invaded”. There’s no limit to the governor’s power to determine what constitutes an invasion and respond accordingly, said Ken Cuccinelli, former deputy secretary of Homeland Security and head of the legal immigration agency under President Donald Trump at the press conference in Phoenix.

He envisions a border force freed from the need to comply with U.S. immigration laws, which allow migrants to seek asylum and possibly file a complaint in front of a judge before being deported.

“The way I would do it is give them a fingerprint, give them food and water, and put them back across the border,” said Cuccinelli, who is now a senior researcher at the Center for Renewing America. “You don’t build facilities. You don’t last for long periods of time.

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