This week, Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake sat down for an interview with Texas Scorecard on The Headline to discuss her plans for addressing the ongoing border crisis.

With this federal fiscal year on track to break the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol record for encounters with illegal aliens, Lake criticized the Biden administration for repealing former President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy and promised to declare an invasion along the border using Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution.

“It’s a great policy. I think it’s the most aggressive policy that the country’s ever seen,” said Lake. “We are being invaded at our border. Our federal government is supposed to protect us from such a thing, but Joe Biden pulled back a great policy that President Trump had put in place … and left us exposed to a criminal element and an invasion.”

She then revealed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ offer to send Florida National Guard Troops to Arizona. DeSantis deployed Florida troops to Texas last year but was dismayed when the state handed illegal migrants over to federal authorities instead of sending them back across the border.

“I don’t think they were thrilled with the fact that they ended up bringing people across and that the Florida National Guard was involved in that,” said Lake. “[DeSantis is] all in to stop people from coming across. … We have a couple of other governors who are willing to help out, and we’re going to have a coalition of states who want to protect the Arizona border. And pretty soon, I think, Texas and other states will follow suit.”

Lake also criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for busing illegal migrants from the southern border to Washington, D.C., and New York City, describing the initiative as a potential security risk.

“I think it makes for a great news story. … It’s a great photo op,” said Lake. “But basically, we’re taking people who should not be here, and we’re moving them further into the country, making it harder to track them down, and I’m not for that. I would rather load up buses with people who are here illegally and send them back across the border.”

If she defeats Democrat nominee Katie Hobbs in the November general election, Lake vowed to prevent illegal aliens from crossing into Arizona and described her plan to streamline deportations.

“Our plan is to not let them come across,” said Lake. “Obviously, if they come in, there will be a bit of processing. We’d like to set up some border courts, similar to in the 1980s when they set up tax courts to deal with just tax issues. We could set up border courts and quickly process people and quickly deport them and get them out.”

Lake also promised to complete Trump’s border wall and use the Arizona National Guard to deport illegal aliens.

“We’re going to put boots on the ground … to actually stop people from coming over,” said Lake. “The Border Patrol has to process people, but when I’m in office, we’re going to put boots on the ground, and we’re no longer going to allow people to come across our border illegally.”

Katy Drollinger

Katy is eager to use her skills in writing and research to accurately report on issues for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Tarleton State University in 2021 after majoring in history and minoring in political science.

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