Santa Cruz County Sheriff David Hathaway

Downplaying what he called “this supposed migrant surge at the border,” Sheriff David Hathaway said he declined an offer initiated by Gov. Doug Ducey to have Arizona National Guard troops come to Santa Cruz County to help with border enforcement.

Speaking to the County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, the same day Ducey declared a state of emergency in Santa Cruz County and five other Arizona counties, Hathaway said he and Sheriff Chris Nanos of Pima County were the only sheriffs among the affected counties to turn down the offer.

Border fence

National Guard troops assisting the Border Patrol with surveillance west of Nogales meet up on Wednesday morning. Sheriff David Hathaway said he rejected an offer from the Ducey administration to send Arizona National Guard troops to Santa Cruz County to help local police.

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