Katie Hobbs on Immigration



Seeking funding to better coordinate our border response

Day in and day out, I hear from leaders on the border who need support because they are stepping up where the federal government can't, or won't. This year, they asked for boots on the ground, improved communications systems, resources to combat human trafficking, and the latest technologies to keep communities on both sides of the border safe. And I delivered. By refusing to waste money on cheap political stunts, we awarded over $84 million to help border communities manage the massive influx in migrants.

But we must do more. That's why I launched Operation SECURE, creating a Border Coordination Office within the Arizona Department of Homeland Security. This session, I'm seeking ongoing funding to better coordinate our border response and continue fighting this humanitarian, economic, and enforcement crisis. This new funding will expand the Operation with critical investments in border security, as well as resources to intercept the flow of fentanyl.

Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the Arizona legislature , Jan 8, 2024

$40M for scholarships regardless of immigration status

But we're not stopping there. In line with the will of Arizona's voters in passing Proposition 308 this past November, my budget allocates $40 million to create the Promise for DREAMers Scholarship Program to cover all students, regardless of immigration status.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Arizona legislature , Jan 9, 2023

Support border communities, push for immigration reform

Speak to leaders in border communities and across our state and it's clear they need real solutions after decades of failed leadership by both parties. We must take a holistic, realistic, and humane approach to help solve this issue. That means supporting sheriffs and local law enforcement in impacted communities--and it also means supporting community centers and hospitals. While optimistic, I will also continue to push Congress to do its job and pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Arizona legislature , Jan 9, 2023

We've had a pretty bad immigration policy for decades

We are a border state, and immigration is a very important issue to Arizona voters. As a border state, we have borne the brunt of decades of inaction in Washington from both parties to address both border security and comprehensive immigration reform. We need the federal government to step up. We've had a pretty bad immigration policy for decades. We need to get comprehensive immigration reform done. Both parties in Congress have been dragging their feet to get this done.
Source: CBS Face the Nation on 2022 Arizona Gubernatorial race , Oct 9, 2022

We have to fix our broken immigration system

"As governor, it is so important when we're talking about border issues that we are working in partnership with the federal government," Hobbs said. "We have to fix our broken immigration system and that is not something I can do. It is something that's going to take an act of Congress. And so I'll continue to work in partnership with our congressional delegation to help get that done in a way that is best for Arizona, for Arizonans."
Source: KTAR on 2022 Arizona Gubernatorial race , Jun 2, 2021

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Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2024:
DE: Gov. John Carney (D, term-limited);
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D)
vs. Matt Meyer (D)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
Sen. Mike Braun (R)
vs. Suzanne Crouch (R)
vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Tanner Smith (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024 (continued):
NC: Gov. Roy Cooper (D, term-limited);
Dale Folwell (R)
vs. Michael Morgan (D)
vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
vs. Andy Wells (R)
ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
vs. State Rep. Rick Becker (R)
NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
vs. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)
vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
vs. Cinde Warmington (D)
UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
vs. State Rep. Phil Lyman (R)
VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
Hilary Franz (D, withdrew)
vs. State Sen. Mark Mullet (D)
vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
WV: Gov. Jim Justice (R, term-limited);
vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
vs. WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (R)
vs. State Del. Moore Capito (R)
vs. WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)
vs. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (D)
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