Arizona voters were among those across multiple border states who helped President Joe Biden defeat Donald Trump in November’s presidential election.
As a reward, officials in that state and others are witnessing thousands of undocumented immigrants being dropped off within their borders without any real assistance from the federal government. Now, one top prosecutor is speaking out.
“They don’t want to talk to us”
According to the Washington Examiner, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich addressed his frustrations with the Biden administration during a recent interview.
“We have reached out to them,” he said. “We try to coordinate. We’ve tried to get information from [the Department of Homeland Security]. And the Biden administration’s response has been, essentially, ‘pound sand.’ They don’t want to talk to us, they don’t want to deal with us, and that’s really, really troubling.”
Brnovich went on to provide a tongue-in-cheek theory for the administration’s reticence to provide real leadership on the worsening border crisis.
“I know that New York just recently legalized marijuana and I think it’s legal in Washington, D.C., now,” he said, suggesting that “a lot of those folks on the East Coast must be smoking that, because if they weren’t high, they would actually be doing something to try to address this issue.”
The Arizona AG also compared Biden’s stance to someone throwing gasoline on a raging fire and then refusing to call the fire department.
“Haven’t even been tested for COVID”
The president, for his part, is attracting some bipartisan criticism over the influx of migrants along the U.S.–Mexico border, particularly among Democrats who attacked the Trump administration for putting “kids in cages” only to see Biden increase the number of unaccompanied minors in detention facilities.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has also spoken out against the Biden administration’s policies, even sharing photos of crowded facilities showing children wrapped in mylar blankets and sleeping on the floor.
Brnovich is one of several GOP attorneys general who sued the Biden administration in an effort to block a proposed 100-day pause on deportations. A judge ultimately agreed to block the moratorium, according to CBS News.
The Arizona official’s fight with the White House continues, however, as he argues that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidance has effectively achieved the same goal as Biden’s overturned order.
“So that means people that have been convicted of crimes, accused of crimes, people are being released in our community that haven’t even been tested for COVID-19,” Brnovich said, according to AZFamily.com.