Shares Arizona’s Efforts To Secure Southern Border
PHOENIX — Governor Ducey today joined President Donald Trump and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for a White House event honoring the men and women of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Governor Ducey also participated in a White House panel discussion, joined by U.S. Senator David Perdue (GA), Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, Cochise County, Arizona Sheriff Mark J. Dannels, CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and ICE Deputy Director Ron Vitiello, on the important role law enforcement agencies play in securing our southern border and keeping U.S. communities safe.
During the panel, Governor Ducey praised the work of local, state, and federal law enforcement, including ICE and CBP personnel. In the past year alone, ICE agents have seized over 2,370 pounds of fentanyl – enough to kill over 537.9 million people – and 7,000 pounds of heroin in addition to arresting nearly 5,000 members of violent gangs.
Governor Ducey also highlighted Arizona’s efforts to stop the flow of illegal activity in Southern Arizona. Arizona Border Strike Force operations have resulted in the seizure of over 17.2 million hits of heroin, 60,641 pounds of marijuana, 14,249 prescription drug pills/capsules, 4,700 pounds of dangerous drugs, 173,885 rounds of ammunition, 300 firearms and over 3,199 arrests.
“Every day, Arizona communities are impacted by illegal drug cartels, human trafficking, and child sex trafficking,” said Governor Ducey. “Law enforcement personnel at every level are lifelines in our communities. It was an honor to join the White House in expressing support and appreciation for the brave men and women on the frontlines of border security, who risk their lives every day to keep Americans safe.”
Read Governor Ducey’s opinion editorial featured in USA Today rejecting calls to abolish ICE HERE.
Watch a video of the event below.