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A rollback on immigration rules set by the Trump administration is coming quickly under President Joe Biden, who has been in office little more than a month. This should not be a surprise to Americans, and many are happy about it. There are some valid questions, however, and some of those are being asked by Gov. Doug Ducey.

The United States long has granted asylum to those suffering persecution in other lands. There is a challenge, however, in determining which claims are legitimate. With so many people wanting to come to America, the truth is often stretched, and most of the claims eventually heard in court are denied. There are limits to how many people can be absorbed. Biden’s statements before and after the election obviously are bringing more. And many of those are children, which provides a challenge in where to put them, a situation that was controversial during the Trump administration and before.

Many Americans would like to help these people, but relatively few are willing to take money out of their own pockets to do so. And the government spends billions of dollars on the situation, with no end in sight.

The Democrats have proposed a bill for comprehensive immigration reform, which has little chance of passage without compromise. The difficulty of the problem and unwillingness to compromise on both sides has existed for decades.

Donald Trump forced asylum applicants to wait in Mexico. Despite widespread criticism that has led to phasing out that policy, it made sense. After all, the asylum seekers had entered Mexico first on the way to the U.S.

Not surprisingly, Ducey said he had been contacted by local governments, law enforcement and non-governmental organizations with questions about the influx as the new administration begins letting people across the border. With the numbers involved, there is a problem with vetting people and also controlling the spread of COVID-19. Ducey specifically addressed the fact that local authorities had not been consulted by the feds.

The governor has a primary responsibility to protect Arizonans. That same responsibility exists for federal employees whose job it is to control immigration, but political considerations are getting in the way.

— Donovan Kramer Jr.

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