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‘Completely Absent’: Arizona Law Enforcement Leaders Slam Mark Kelly


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Top Arizona law enforcement officials say Sen. Mark Kelly (D., Ariz.) is "completely absent" on public safety and border security, a situation that one police representative says "scares the hell" out of his officers.

Kelly has repeatedly criticized President Joe Biden's lack of urgency on the southern border crisis as a record number of illegal immigrants attempt to cross into the country. For National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd and Arizona Police Association president Justin Harris, however, Kelly has failed to match his rhetoric with action. Both Judd and Harris said Kelly has never reached out to their respective organizations, a snub that Judd called "concerning.


"It appears that he'll give lip service to a topic, but then when push comes to shove, he's right in step with his party. And we know that as far as his party goes with border security, they're missing in action," Judd told the Washington Free Beacon. "He's never reached out to us, and that is what's concerning, because we have people reaching out to us all the time on both sides of the aisle."

Harris accused Kelly of playing politics with the border crisis as he looks to secure reelection in 2022 in a state that has soured on Biden and his policies. Just 36 percent of Arizona voters approve of the president, according to a November Civiqs survey, and 63 percent "hold the Biden administration and its policies responsible for the current immigration and border crisis," a July Federation for American Immigration Reform poll shows. Kelly's own approval rating has taken a 12-point hit among the state's suburbanites, a general voting block that has already helped deliver double-digit Republican gains in Virginia and New Jersey. :snip:

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