Gov. Ducey Agrees On Shoring Up Border, But Not Closing It

Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 9:02am

President Donald Trump's threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border is not sitting well with one of his ardent supporters: Gov. Doug Ducey.

At a news conference Monday, Ducey said he does not want the border closed to business south of the state.

"I've said it a thousand times or more," he reminded reporters, "Mexico is our number one trading partner times four."

However, he was careful not to lay blame of the threat to close the border on the president himself.

"I want to see us continue to be able to trade, but the border does need attention, there is a crisis at the border," Ducey said. "It's a humanitarian crisis and Congress needs to act on this."

Ducey said the White House knows his position on the issue.

Last week, he said he met with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to discuss the crisis and how his office can help.

For now, he said the state is working with non-government agencies, churches and other faith-based communities, as well as local mayors to coordinate possible solutions.

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