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Arizona Gov. Ducey calls separation of kids from parents ‘unnecessary’

Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, front right, meets with Arizona National Guard soldiers prior to their deployment to the Mexico border at the Papago Park Military Reservation on Monday, April 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called the separation of kids from their parents at the border “unnecessary” and said that’s not the only immigration issue that needs to be addressed.

“I’ve been calling on Congress for some time to have some type of immigration reform,” Ducey told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona Morning News on Tuesday. “I think everyone knows that I’m very supportive of border security. But it seems that this separation of families is unnecessary.”

Ducey lamented the fact that immigration problems have been lingering for several administrations.

“They haven’t been able to get anything done now for over a decade, both Republicans and Democrats alike,” he said. “But maybe with this coming to a head there can be some movement on reform.”

The Republican governor, who released his first re-election campaign video Monday, said not everything being said about the border control policy has been accurate.

“I also think there’s some misinformation out there,” he said. “People approaching the border at the ports for asylum are not being separated.”

Ducey said the Department of Homeland Security has been keeping him and the governors of the other states on the Mexico border in the loop.

“I’m getting updates on a daily basis,” he said. “I’m going to have one today on where are in the state of Arizona. The majority of the activity right now is happening in Texas.”