Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: State Rep. Becky Nutt, left, and State Rep. Gail Griffin, right, joined other representatives in calling on Governor Doug Ducey and President Joe Biden to act on measures to help thwart illegal immigration. Also pictured in this file photo is State Rep. Wendy Rogers, center.
PHOENIX – On Monday, Graham and Greenlee counties’ State Representatives Gail Griffin, and Becky Nutt joined Representatives Mark Finchem and Bret Roberts in releasing the following joint statement.
“For over a year, Arizonans, and indeed all of America, have been forced to endure a job-killing, mask-and-social-distance-promoting public health policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as Arizona is finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel with the dramatic reduction in positive cases and associated deaths, the Biden administration has opened the southern border to coyotes and cartels facilitating illegal entry into the United States. Individuals coming across the border without testing, quarantine, and contact tracing are being turned over to non-governmental organizations, which in turn are bussing them wherever in America they may claim to have family or friends.
“President Biden, at his inauguration, swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and to faithfully execute the laws thereof. In his abandonment of border security, policies implemented within hours of taking office, he has exposed the entire nation to thousands of illegal aliens entering the country without any public health precautions.
“We call on Governor Doug Ducey to join his fellow border Governor Greg Abbott of Texas in deploying our National Guard to combat the escalating border surge crisis and support the operations of border sheriffs to apprehend and hold these individuals. It must be ensured that they complete a 14-day quarantine protocol, as recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control, and the United States has a secure southern border with policies in place against continued illegal immigration. The abandonment of public health protocols that we Americans have been subject to for the past year, and which President Biden continues to call for us all to live under, should also apply to anyone who enters the country, legally or illegally. Anything less is reckless and irresponsible.”