The program has expanded from buses to include the option of chartered air travel via a 737 aircraft, according to a state contract signed Jan. 14.
In a wide-ranging news conference at the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor said the controversial practice, started by her Republican predecessor, needs review to ensure it is effective. But she indicated it had some merit.
"It’s something that provides support to those local communities," Hobbs told reporters, referring to border communities that are strained by the influx of migrants. "If we’re spending money to bus people, why not just get them to their final destination?”
In a follow-up statement, press secretary Josselyn Berry said the new administration is taking a different tack from what former Gov. Doug Ducey did.
"We’re sending migrants to cities they actually need to go to and be connected with their sponsors, and we are doing it in a more cost effective way by looking at all travel options, not just buses," Berry said.https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2023/01/21/arizona-governor-katie-hobbs-bus-migrants-from-border/11096504002/