This tough on the border news release from the office of Gov. Doug Ducey sounds suspiciously similar to a campaign ad. Ducey touts his Border Strike Force successes, which he says focus on identifying and dismantling border-related criminal activity through collaboration with local, state, tribal, federal, and Mexican authorities.
Ducey is a longtime McCain ally, whose first job when he arrived in Arizona to attend ASU was working for Cindy Hensley McCain’s Hensley & Co., one of the nation’s largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributors.
John McCain, 81, suffering from a deadly form of brain cancer has not returned to DC since his vote with the Democrats against repealing portions of Obamacare. His senate office no longer provides health updates, but sends out tweets under his name.
It’s no surprise that Ducey is suddenly a hardliner. He brings back memories of committed amnesty promoter John McCain strolling the border and farcically demanding the “dang fence” be built. Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, who along with McCain, vigorously pushed “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” a fancy phrase for amnesty, also posed on the border with a bevy of Arizona sheriffs, calling for border security — until the votes were counted and he reverted to his previous open borders stance. Jeff Flake, a liberal Gang of 8 amnesty McCain colluder, threw the local newspaper into a tizzy when he momentarily became a hawk in a pre-election pretense. Each of the names linked in this paragraph expose the phoniness of the senators.
Emulating his mentors, Ducey refers to this line in his 2018 State of the State address:
“We made a decision: If Washington, D.C. wasn’t going to secure our border, Arizona would. [The Border Strike Force] is without a doubt making Arizona – and America – a safer place, and it’s worthy of our continued investment.”
In his news release, Ducey itemizes the “notable successes” including, “Operation Sidewinder II & III, operations that led to the seizure of 5,084 pounds of marijuana and 52 felony arrests, and Operation Organ Grinder, which resulted in the seizure of 4,038 pounds of marijuana and 73 felony arrests.” He lists additional Border Strike Force seizures through Jan. 2018, noting that the operations resulted in over 2,480 arrests, including 53,156 pounds of marijuana; 7,843 prescription drug pills/capsules; 12.4 million hits of heroin; 35 pounds of fentanyl; 258 firearms; 167,900 rounds of ammunition; And $10,000,000 in currency.
Ducey boasts “that due to its success, his fiscal year 2019 Executive Budget includes $2.9 million to expand Border Strike Force operations in response to shifting cartel behavior. The new funding aims to establish 24-hours-a-day, seven days-a week coverage in the critical areas of Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Yuma counties.”
It was not by happenstance those eight southern Arizona counties bearing the initial brunt of illegal immigration were selected. They have a significant number of voters that would be coveted by a senatorial candidate.