Arizona leaders take on immigration crisis

PHOENIX - Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said it's about time we get a look at the Nogales facility housing about 1,000 undocumented children.

"No matter how you feel about illegal immigration, once you have custody of kids you have to ensure they're treated humanely," he said.

Horne said the federal government needs to step up and stop people from crossing our border illegally. An Arizona lawmaker in Washington D.C. has the same idea.

Congressman David Schweikert sent a letter to President Barack Obama, demanding the National Guard head to the border to help.

"It's more than just a letter. We're mimicking much of this in legislation," Schweikert said.

In a bill similar to "Operation Jump Start" from the Bush Administration in 2006, Schweikert said he wants to see at least 10,000 National Guard troops deployed to the United States-Mexico border.

"It's time to mobilize the National Guard across the border states and provide some backup for Border Patrol," Schweikert said.

His bill would allow border states' governors to request the troops. The help would stay in place until the federal government has gotten control of the border.

ABC15 reached out to Governor Jan Brewer's office to see if she would support this bill. 

A representative said it's too early to say if she would request National Guard troops, but that Brewer welcomes any opportunity to add federal dollars to Arizona's fight to secure its border.

 

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