PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano declared an emergency Monday in four border counties because of problems related to illegal immigration and moved to provide local governments in those counties with up to $1.5 million in state funding. Napolitano's order said failure by the federal government to secure the border allowed a flood of illegal immigration that threatened public health and safety, "thereby necessitating immediate action by the state ... to aid its border counties."
Napolitano's order directly released $200,000 from the state's emergency fund for disasters while her emergency council released an additional $1.3 million, spokeswoman Jeanine L'Ecuyer said. The money is intended for use by counties and municipalities for a variety of purposes, including overtime pay for law enforcement officers, repairs of border fences, costs related to illegal immigrants' deaths, L'Ecuyer said.
Napolitano's action followed by three days a similar declaration by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Once again I will ask where is the National Guard. Two democrat governors have now declared a state of emergency but will not supply troops to protect us. Why?
Because they are using this as a political issue and couldn't give a tinker's damn about the citizens.
This is a new tactic started by none other than the queen of deceit, Hillary, who is calling for high tech border enforcement but pandering to illegals by offering their children tuition breaks and possible amnesty. Richardson and Napolitano have tried to block every attempt by the voters and the state legislators to stem the tide of illegal immigration. This is an attempt by the democrats to show on one hand that they are concerned about the tragedy on our borders while with the other beckoning for more illegals to come here. Democrats are the masters of duplicity.
See the Sierra Vista Herald and WSJ.com Opinion Journal.