Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs defends state funding of migrant travel costs

The Gov. defended Katie Hobbs on Tuesday decided to continue Arizona’s controversial program of transporting asylum seekers from the southern border across state lines, and the state may soon cover the cost of individual plane tickets for those migrants.

While Hobbs criticized the program under her Republican predecessor, she now seeks to expand it by providing more travel options for migrants, citing humanitarian concerns and cost efficiency as the main reasons for doing so.

“We wanted to make sure we were addressing this issue and, as I talked about many times in the campaign, in a way that made the best use of taxpayer resources and that wasn’t a political stunt,” Hobbs said. i. exclusive interview with the Arizona Republic on Tuesday.

“We wanted to make sure that we were transporting these people in a way that was efficient and humane, and that really gave relief to the communities on the border that have an influx of these asylum seekers and that the they have resources to help them. .”


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