The governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, who aspires to re-election in the November elections, today supported the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico and assured that his country will end the activities of organized crime in this area.
"Public safety has always been one of my priorities, I'm worried about the illegal activity that happens on the border," he said in an interview with Efe.
The governor says he supports the construction of a wall on the border, especially in areas where there is currently no barrier.
"Two thirds of the Arizona border already have some kind of wall, of course I support putting a stop to the criminal activity that is the crossing of drugs and human trafficking through remote areas, whether by building a wall, a barrier , or more vigilance, I want to be sure that we will end the activities of organized crime, "he says.
Following President Donald Trump's instructions to combat the arrival of immigrants on the border with Mexico, Ducey ordered the sending of Arizona National Guard soldiers to the border last April, as did their Texas counterparts. California and New Mexico.
Ducey indicates that he would not like the National Guard to have a more "permanent" role at the border, but considers that it should be used "as needed."
He emphasizes that other presidents, including Barack Obama and George W. Bush, had previously ordered the National Guard to be sent to the border and that Trump only made this decision in view of the increased migration flow.
Ducey, 54, who was first elected as governor in 2014, is known for his fight against drug trafficking in the border area after establishing in 2015 a special force made up of local and state police departments, which cooperate with Federal agencies to detect the crossing of drug trafficking, weapons and money laundering.
His interest in security at the border has led him to obtain the support of the National Union of the Border Patrol, as well as the favor of the electorate.
He also claims to be pleased with the recent announcement about the new trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States that would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
"I really value commercial relations with Mexico, our number one trading partner, so I have always supported a NAFTA (2.0) to boost trade among the three countries, and I hope to continue working with the next one in the future. President of Mexico, "he says.