- Associated Press - Sunday, August 19, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will attend a White House event honoring border patrol agencies with President Donald Trump on Monday.

The evening event will honor employees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

Ducey, a Republican, will also speak on a panel about the role the agencies play on border safety.

Ducey’s re-election campaign has focused on border security efforts. He has touted the creation of the Border Strike Force, a multi-agency collaboration effort that started in his first term. And he’s come out strong against calls to abolish ICE.

The state has also sent National Guard troops to the border.

Democratic gubernatorial candidates state Sen. Steve Farley, Kelly Fryer and David Garcia have said they would withdraw those troops, while Ducey says their presence makes Arizona safer.

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