The Border Crisis

Since President Biden took office, there have been 7.5 million encounters nationwide and 6.2 million encounters at the Southwest border, in addition to 1.7 million known gotaways.  In FY2023, 169 individuals whose names appear on the terrorist watchlist were stopped trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border between ports of entry. 18 were apprehended in September alone.

So far in FY2023, CBP has arrested 35,433 aliens with criminal convictions or outstanding warrants nationwide, including 598 known gang members, 178 of those being MS-13 members. In FY2023, CBP, including Air and Marine Operations, has seized 27,293 pounds of fentanyl, coming across the Southwest border—enough to kill more than 6 billion people. Tucson sector of the border is 260 mile stretch  is the busiest section of the 2000 mile southern border. 55,224 crossings in October which is doubled from last year. Adult male migrants from Africa & the middle east. 17,500 in a single week.

Rising Crime

Arizona, particularly District 8, is witnessing a dramatic surge in crime, with statistics painting a concerning picture. Phoenix, the core city of the district, ranks among the least safe in the United States, with only 4% of U.S. cities being less safe. The likelihood of falling victim to violent crime in Phoenix is alarmingly high, with a 1 in 118 chance, significantly higher than the state average of 1 in 204. This reflects a broader trend in Arizona, which has the ninth-highest crime rate in the nation.

This increase in crime in Arizona has outpaced national trends, growing by 6.5% more than the national average. Most notably, the rate of murder in the state has risen by a staggering 40.5%. These figures indicate not only a general increase in crime but also a troubling escalation in the severity of offenses. The data underscores the urgent need for comprehensive strategies to address public safety and crime prevention in District 8 and across Arizona.


Explore the urgent homelessness crisis in Arizona's District 8: Understand the rising challenges, key statistics, and state responses in our concise, in-depth analysis.

Arizona's homelessness crisis, particularly in District 8, presents a challenging scenario that affects local economies, public spaces, law enforcement, and healthcare systems. As of recent data, nearly 11,000 homeless individuals reside in Arizona, with almost 2,000 struggling with chronic substance abuse and over 1,700 being seriously mentally ill​​.

Rising Homelessness Numbers: From 2020 to 2022, Arizona's homeless population surged by 23%, with most of them being unsheltered​​. Homelessness Entry Rate: The data from October 2022 to September 2023 indicates that for every 10 people finding housing, 18 new individuals experienced homelessness​​. Impact of Rental Prices: Arizona has seen a significant increase in rental prices, with a 53% surge from August 2017 to August 2023. This spike in housing costs contributes to the homelessness issue​​.Health Issues: Mental health problems and substance abuse often emerge as a result of being homeless. Rehousing those who have been on the streets is increasingly difficult​​.


Inflation in the Metro Phoenix area, which includes District 8, has been significant in recent years. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Phoenix area increased by 0.6 percent in the two months leading up to October 2023, reflecting rising costs, particularly in housing​​. The inflation rate for the Phoenix area stood at 4.4% for the 12 months ending in June 2023, down from a peak of 13%​​​​. This trend indicates a slowing of inflation rates, yet they remain among the highest in the United States.

The impact of inflation on households in District 8 has been substantial. The monthly 'inflation tax' for Phoenix area households rose to $847 in October, though it started declining by $23 per month due to price decreases​​. Since the end of 2020, the average household in Arizona, including those in District 8, has had to spend an additional $21,266 on necessities such as food, housing, transportation, and medical care​​.

The data underscores a challenging economic period for residents of District 8 in Arizona. The cost of living has significantly increased over the past couple of years, placing a financial strain on many households. It will be essential for policymakers and community leaders to continue monitoring these trends and implement measures to support those most affected by the economic changes.


In Arizona, particularly in Native American reservations, the community is facing severe poverty, high rates of substance abuse, and significant health disparities. The poverty rate among Native Americans in Arizona is alarmingly high, with 28.6% living in poverty compared to lower rates in other minority groups. This economic hardship is exacerbated by a lack of resources and employment opportunities on reservations, leading to over 8,500 people leaving the Navajo Nation since 2010. Substance abuse is a critical issue, with Native Americans having the highest rates of alcohol, cocaine, and the second-highest methamphetamine abuse rates in the U.S. The rates of binge drinking and illicit drug use are 23.5% and 12.3%, respectively, and the community is five times more likely than whites to die of alcohol-related causes. Fetal alcohol syndrome rates are among the highest in the nation, with some tribes experiencing rates as high as 1.5 to 2.5 per 1,000 live births. Arizona also reports a high rate of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the third-highest in the U.S.

Health disparities are also stark, as American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in Arizona, which has the third-largest AI/AN population in the U.S., suffer from lower life expectancy, lower quality of life, and many chronic conditions. Compared to whites, AI/AN had significantly higher prevalence of conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and fair or poor health status. Education and income levels are lower, and unemployment is higher among AI/AN compared to whites, reflecting the socioeconomic challenges faced by these communities. These conditions, coupled with historical trauma and ongoing marginalization, contribute to a cycle of health and social issues that significantly impact the Native American population in Arizona.

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