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The governors of Texas and Arizona are asking other states to deploy all available law enforcement to the southern border to assist in the arresting of illegal immigrants, an authority that is normally only given to federal agents.

Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona called on governors from the other 48 states to patrol the U.

S.-Mexico border or else risk seeing the effects of continued high illegal migration spill over into non-border states.

“Given the staggering number of violations now occurring in Texas and Arizona, additional manpower is needed from any state that can spare it. With your help, we can apprehend more of these perpetrators of state and federal crimes, before they can cause problems in your state,” the governors wrote in a letter released late Thursday, noting the threats posed by drug smugglers and illegal immigrants with criminal histories.

Military, such as state National Guard forces, were left out of the request as Abbott and Ducey want to give active law enforcement officers broader policing authorities. Military on the border cannot make arrests and typically serve in passive roles, including monitoring cameras and manning unfinished portions of the border wall.


Texas declared a disaster and Arizona declared an emergency ahead of the request, which allows them to call in police reinforcements under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. The compact was approved by Congress in 1996 and “provide[s] for mutual assistance between the [states] in managing any emergency or disaster that is duly declared by the governor of the affected [states], whether arising from natural disaster. ... community disorders, insurgency, or enemy attack.”

Any officers sent in will have the same authorities as in their home state as well as the “power to arrest migrants who illegally cross the border into our territory,” which is normally a federal crime that only federal law enforcement such as the Border Patrol has jurisdiction to enforce.

“Many of these [migrants] crossing involve state-law crimes, such as criminal trespassing or smuggling of persons,” the governors wrote. “Most of them entail federal-law crimes, too, including illegal entry and illegal reentry. As the U.S. Department of Justice opined in 1996 — the same year the Compact won congressional consent — ‘state and local police may constitutionally detain or arrest aliens for violating the criminal provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.’”

Texas has seen the highest amount of illegal immigration since the start of the Biden administration, as well as over the past decade. The state has spent $3.5 billion on border security efforts since 2014, a financial burden that Abbott said should prompt other states to pitch in, given that migrants who are released into the United States after being apprehended, or those who evade arrest, will likely not stay in Texas but travel to other destinations nationwide.

At present, 1,000 Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, hundreds of Texas National Guard soldiers, hundreds of Arizona National Guard soldiers, and an unspecified number of Arizona Department of Public Safety and law enforcement officers have been sent to the border. States that send assistance are expected to help stop drug smugglers and cartels from pushing drugs such as fentanyl and methamphetamine into the country.

“The cartels will see to it that their deadly fentanyl and human-trafficking victims reach far and wide. The convicted criminals they smuggle into the homeland will bring recidivism with them to far too many of your communities,” the governors wrote.


The two states plan to directly contact each state.

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Healdsburg declares drought emergency, bans sprinklers

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HEALDSBURG — People living in Healdsburg must turn off their sprinklers and drip irrigation systems because the city has declared a drought emergency, city officials said Friday.

The ban applies to all residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city. Healdsburg is in Sonoma County, which is enduring exceptional and severe drought conditions due to a lack of rain. City officials have instituted several measures to help conserve water.

“The use of sprinklers and drip irrigation is banned — shut off controllers today,” the city said in an advisory message.

Also, residents should save water and reuse it, shut off running taps and hand-water gardens from their daily allowance.

At present, residential customers in the city have a water budget of 74 gallons per person per day, and commercial customers are required to reduce water usage by 40 percent.

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