Arizona border sheriff hopes Biden’s immigration resources include Cochise County

Jan 9, 2023, 12:30 PM

(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)...

(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – A sheriff in an Arizona town said he hopes President Joe Biden’s promise to send resources to cities and towns at the southwest border includes more security.

“When the president stated … ‘I’m going to bring you the resources,’ I hope that’s just not resources to El Paso, Texas, and I hope it’s more than humanitarian relief. We need border security,” Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Monday.

“I credit the president for going to the southwest border – that’s the first step of recognizing we have a problem,” he said.

The president spent four hours in El Paso on Sunday, his first trip to the border since he was elected into the White House.

“They need a lot of resources. We’re going to get it for them,” Biden said after he inspected a busy port of entry and spoke with border officers.

Biden said Thursday that migrants from Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua who cross the border illegally from Mexico were now subject to quick expulsion under new immigration rules announced Thursday.

The new rules expand existing efforts to stop Venezuelans attempting to illegally enter the U.S.

The border “isn’t working right now,” Dannels said.

Another rule denies entry to asylum seekers who do not ask for asylum in the first country they traveled through on their way to the U.S.

“I’d welcome the president to say: ‘Let’s work together to fix this.’ I would be the first one at the table to help with that,” Dannels said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arizona border sheriff hopes Biden’s immigration resources include Cochise County