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Ducey Says Immigration System Is At 'Breaking Point'

Gov. Doug Ducey says the system for processing immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is broken.

Shortly after the U.S. Border Patrol tweeted it apprehended 113,797 families in the first three months of this year, already surpassing all of 2018, Ducey blamed the crisis on federal laws he said he believes incentivizes people to seek asylum.

The immigration system, he said, needs "reform'' starting with educating people on the process for legally entering the U.S.

"Right now they try to get across the border or oftentimes are coached by individuals to say things that allow them to come inside the country," Ducey said.

He said he's not for separating families, but said the U.S. should be more direct about its laws separating good from bad actors, who take advantage of the crisis posing as parents.

He takes no issue with the White House administration's decision to replace Homeland Security Director Kristjen Nielsen with Kevin McAleenan from Customs and Border Protection.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.