TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Gov. Jan Brewer was informed by federal officials today that the Department of Homeland Security will continue its practice of transporting illegal aliens to Arizona.
According to a statement from the governor's office, the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs estimates that more than one thousand unaccompanied alien children are expected to arrive in Arizona this weekend. This does not include adults and family units, for which numbers have not been provided or any information given.
In response to the above, Brewer released the following statement:
Statement from Governor Brewer
"I am disturbed and outraged that President Obama's administration continues to implement this dangerous and inhumane policy, meanwhile neglecting to answer crucial questions our citizens demand and deserve. What I learned from federal officials today only raises more questions about this operation, and the few answers I did receive have only heightened my concerns. Citizens demand - and so should the media – the reason for this massive influx of illegal crossings and the cost to taxpayers for having to deal with the crisis created by the President.
"Not only does the federal government have no plan to stop this disgraceful policy, it also has no plan to deal with the endless waves of illegal aliens once they are released here. If the Obama administration put half the effort into securing our border as it has invested to institute this operation, our state and nation would not be facing this situation. This is a crisis of the federal government's creation, and the fact that the border remains unsecure – now apparently intentionally - while this operation continues full-steam ahead is deplorable.
"I have reached out to Federal Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson for answers. Meanwhile, I reiterate my call on President Obama to secure our southern border and terminate this operation immediately."