Ducey Says Immigration System Is At 'Breaking Point'

By Holliday Moore
Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 1:52pm
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 6:15pm

Gov. Doug Ducey says the system for processing immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is broken.

Shortly after the U.S. Border Patrol tweeted it apprehended 113,797 families in the first three months of this year, already surpassing all of 2018, Ducey blamed the crisis on federal laws he said he believes incentivizes people to seek asylum.

The immigration system, he said, needs "reform'' starting with educating people on the process for legally entering the U.S.

"Right now they try to get across the border or oftentimes are coached by individuals to say things that allow them to come inside the country," Ducey said.

He said he's not for separating families, but said the U.S. should be more direct about its laws separating good from bad actors, who take advantage of the crisis posing as parents.

He takes no issue with the White House administration's decision to replace Homeland Security Director Kristjen Nielsen with Kevin McAleenan from Customs and Border Protection.