Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency at the southern border on Tuesday, saying that the U.S Border Patrol is "overwhelmed."
Ducey said he would be sending 250 National Guard troops to assist local law enforcement.
"The U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed. Local law enforcement and mayors are calling out for help," Ducey said in a statement on Tuesday. "Citizens and our border communities are concerned for their safety and nonprofits, left to pick up the pieces of broken federal policies, are strained."
Ducey also said that he would be allocating $25 million to fund the National Guard's deployment, but did not say how long the deployment would last.
🔦 Arizona is the first state to declare an emergency due to an increasing number of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border.