Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs held a press conference on Monday to announce her administration's plans to handle the surge, which consist of assisting the illegal immigrants, not turning them back to Mexico.
The end of Title 42 means migrants can resume applying for asylum, which was suspended the past three years due to COVID-19. The Biden administration has only provided 1,500 troops to the border to help with backup support when Title 42 is lifted.
Hobbs said her five-point "Title 42 Preparedness Approach" includes transportation, emergency shelter, executive actions, partnerships, and public safety. The state will expand busing migrants to areas beyond Washington D.C., which is where they were sent under Governor Doug Ducey. Five new bus routes have been set up to transport the migrants from small communities that lack the resources to deal with the influx to Tucson.
Hobbs said the state's Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) will take the migrants where they wanted to go. "DEMA will assist, provide and coordinate the best and safest mode of transportation for migrants. By doing this, we can mitigate the impact of the increased migration on our border communities. We will make sure that the most cost effective method of transportation is being used and that there is clear coordination between sponsors and NGOs, for emergency shelter."
Merissa Hamilton, head of EZAZ and a former candidate for mayor of Phoenix, tweeted her dismay. "Her law enforcement spokespeople say it's a humanitarian issue ONLY," she said.