Hobbs continues Ducey’s practice of sending migrants out of Arizona

The new Democratic governor of Arizona will continue his Republican predecessor’s policy of bringing migrants north, with some changes.

At a press conference on Friday, Arizona Gov. Kathy Hobbs (D) left open the option of maintaining the bus policy, but said her administration would review its effectiveness.

“We need to look at this practice and make sure it is effective, [that] it is what keeps local communities alive. If we spend money on buses, why not just get them to their final destination?” Hobbs told reporters near the end of a 16-minute press conference.

Former Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (right) began a policy in May to bust northern migrants released by the federal government in border areas.

Ducey joined other GOP governors. Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida for a similar policy that critics say was a ploy to portray migrants as a liability.

But Ducey’s resettlement policy differed from Abbott and DeSantis’ – Arizona coordinated the landings with local jurisdictions and at least one non-governmental organization, and the Ducey administration said the migrants were informed of their final destination before landing.

However, Ducey was criticized by many advocacy groups for engaging in what they saw as a political stunt.

Hobbs spokeswoman Joscelyn Berry told the Arizona Republic that the new Democratic administration will coordinate destinations more closely with migrants and deal with resettlement in a “more cost-effective way.”

Hobbs’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the story.

Although Hobbs was not critical of Ducey’s relocation policies, she lashed out at the former governor’s other border policies by building a container wall on the border.

“It’s very unfortunate that almost $200 million was spent on this shipping container publicity stunt,” Hobbs told reporters.

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