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Ducey hints slow-down at ports of entry temporary

FILE - This June 1, 2009, file photo, shows vehicles waiting to enter the U.S. through The Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in downtown Nogales, Ariz. For months, the U.S. has barred asylum seekers from approaching official crossings to file a claim. Now, some are rushing the ports by running through vehicle lanes to evade the process used to officially request asylum. That is causing massive delays at crossings in Arizona as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have barricaded lanes used by cars to legally enter the U.S. (Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

FILE – This June 1, 2009, file photo, shows vehicles waiting to enter the U.S. through The Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in downtown Nogales, Ariz. For months, the U.S. has barred asylum seekers from approaching official crossings to file a claim. Now, some are rushing the ports by running through vehicle lanes to evade the process used to officially request asylum. That is causing massive delays at crossings in Arizona as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have barricaded lanes used by cars to legally enter the U.S. (Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday brushed aside concerns that a slowdown at border crossings into Arizona engineered by federal officials will affect visitors to Arizona – and supplies for a new auto manufacturing plant here.

“There are real issues at the border, both humanitarian and security-wise,” the governor told Capitol Media Services.

There are five-hour delays in cars getting through checkpoints at Nogales, five times longer than what normally occurs at this time of the year according to statistics by Customs and Border Protection.

He said his team has spoken with CBP.

Doug Ducey

Doug Ducey

“We’re confident that they’re on it,” he said. “They’re doing everything possible to make sure that we’re allowing commerce to flow but also protecting public safety. And we’re going to be supportive of that effort.”

His remarks came on the heels of a formal launching of construction efforts by Lucid Motors to build a $700 million factory to build vehicles.

The governor said Arizona beat out 60 other markets to land the lucrative operation. And Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson said part of the decision to land here was the proximity to Mexico and the fact that some of the parts can be built in Sonora.

Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich boasted of more than 100 Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers in her state.

That plant won’t roll its first vehicle off the production line until close to a year from now.

In the interim, though, Arizona remains dependent on tourism and shoppers from Mexico to fuel the state’s economy and, in particular, communities in Southern Arizona. Ducey indicated he believes that whatever is happening now at the border is a temporary situation.

“You’re speaking about what’s happening today in Arizona,” he said. “It’s in response to an issue on which we’ve been briefed on and you’ll find out about shortly.”

Ducey would not comment on reports that the decision to close multiple lanes in the border crossings is a deliberate move by CBP to slow the flow of people driving from Mexico and seeking amnesty.

Ducey said the federal agency is acting in the best interests of public safety.

“It has caused delays at our southern border,” Ducey said. And the governor said he is “confident” the issue “will be resolved.”

Pavlovich, who also was at the event here, declined to answer any questions.

The first lane shutdowns started last week as CBP said they were reacting to “a significant increase of asylum seekers using vehicle lanes to circumvent the immigration process.”

“Individuals without proper documentation attempted to evade inspection by running through vehicle lanes disrupting normal operations,” the announcement said. “This resulted in the closure of lanes and increased wait times.”

In a prepared statement last week, Guadalupe Ramirez, director of field operations for CBP, said the failure to comply with proper procedures “overwhelms the ports of entry and jeopardizes the safety and security of our employees and the public.”

“We will not allow ports to be overrun, and are prepared for large groups and caravans attempting to violate our security measures,” Ramirez said.

2 comments

  1. Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children & grand children as has been passed on to us.

    *Congress debating DACA in is costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Thank the parents and Barrack Obama.

    *Cost of educating illegal aliens is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers on average $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the millions spent on bilingual ED, instructors, & day care. School class size are negatively impacted by illegal aliens and our students suffer as a result.

    *Taxpayers are funding “in state college tuition” discounts for illegal aliens. (AZ voted to terminate this taxpayer expense.) Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually.

    *About one in five inmates in federal prison are foreign-born, and more than 90 percent of those are in the United States illegally. This does not include local jails and state prisons. At roughly $24,000 per year expense per inmate in Prison U do the math.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate, process Illegal aliens in the Criminal justice system.

    * Emergency services for city & states increase with illegal immigration (sanctuary cities). Taxpayer pay for every Police, Fire, Paramedic service calls for illegal aliens in their city’s. Taxpayers pay for all Hospital emergency room treatments, ambulances, medications. Hospital wait times for citizens are negatively impacted.

    *Every child birth by illegal aliens in the US is paid for with tax dollars.In the US, the average cost to have a baby without complications during delivery, is $10,808, which can increase to $30,000 when factoring in care provided before and after pregnancy (July 9, 2018 google.)

    * Section 8 housing. Citizens in poverty in many cases wait behind non citizens for housing.

    *$2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, & taxpayer funded school lunches.

  2. Mr. Ducey bring back green cards for illegals and no more 2 languages . ENGLISH ONLY , no more, why should the Seniors have to support your illegals

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