In a letter addressed to President Biden, the Arizona Sheriff’s Association slammed the Biden administration for its dilatory attitude regarding illegal immigration and expressed their lack of confidence in CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus.
The letter cited the fact that curbing the number of illegal immigrants and illicit drugs crossing the border had been a priority for law enforcement for decades.
“Unfortunately, the current administration and Commissioner Magnus do not appear to share the priority and the effects are being felt in Arizona and across the country,” the letter charged.
Turning to the drug problem exacerbated by the porous nature of current border enforcement, the letter stated, “Massive amounts of highly lethal drugs are being moved across the border and peddled to our children. Fentanyl is a near ubiquitous ingredient in illegal drugs being distributed today and is causing the deaths of countless individuals and destroying families at a rapid pace.”
After noting that violent crime is rising throughout the country, the letter segued to Magnus and the Biden administration, writing, “Since Commissioner Magnus was appointed nearly nine months ago, we have continued to see an influx of illegal immigrants and illicit drugs cross our Southern border. What we have not seen is an increased partnership from the federal government including CBP to assist local law enforcement in preventing this activity.”
“Border security is one of the core missions of the CBP and we feel that the effort being put towards addressing this mission is woefully inadequate,” the letter stated.
JUST IN: Arizona’s Sheriffs issue a vote of no confidence in @CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus saying he’s not fit to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection due to the increase in illegal immigration and illicit drugs coming across the border: pic.twitter.com/OHdNeRulyb
— Ali Bradley (@AliBradleyTV) September 12, 2022
Over the summer, Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) joined Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) to send busloads of illegal immigrants to Washington D.C. In June, Ducey signed legislation into law that would spend a record $564 million to help to secure the border between Arizona and Mexico. He stated, “Inaction by President Joe Biden has led to the worst border crisis in over 20 years,” adding in a letter to Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, “Arizona will not sit idly by as the Biden administration fails to do its job and safeguard our state and nation from the clear and present danger of an unsecure border.”
“We’ve taken numerous steps to help resolve the chaos, including deploying the Arizona National Guard, signing legislation to address human smuggling and transporting migrants on a voluntary basis to Washington, D.C. Ultimately, however, securing our border is the responsibility of the federal government,” he added.