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Arizona Democrat senators urge Biden to reimburse state for National Guard troops at the border

"This need for a secure and orderly process at the U.S. southern border should not fall on the state of Arizona," the senators say.

Updated: April 22, 2021 - 5:57pm

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Arizona Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are asking President Biden to reimburse the state for the recent deployment of National Guard troops to help with the surge of migrants at the southwest U.S. border. 

"This need for a secure and orderly process at the U.S. southern border should not fall on the state of Arizona or Arizona border communities," the senators said in a letter Wednesday to the president, according to The Epoch Times. "As such, we request you reimburse the state of Arizona for the deployment the governor announced yesterday to support border security and continue to increase DHS personnel who can further assist with the processing of migrants, securing the border, and executing important security missions."

Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced earlier this week his plan to send up to 250 National Guard to the border to deal with the surge in migrants. The move is expected to cost $25 million.

"The situation in our border communities is just as bad – if not worse – than the coverage we’ve been seeing," Ducey said  when he announced his plan. "It's become evidently clear that Arizona needs the National Guard, and the White House is aware of that."

The White House has not issued a response to the Arizona Democrats' letter.

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