Governor Doug Ducey speaks on border crisis

PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is changing his tune when it comes to President Trump's threat to close the Mexico Border. The Governor met with the President on March 3 in D.C., calling the meeting "positive."

Critics warn a border shutdown would badly hurt Arizona's economy - and the economic partnership between Arizona and Mexico is something Governor Doug Ducey has touted routinely. But it only took a couple of days for him to change course on his border stance.

Earlier in the week, Governor Doug Ducey was asked about the possibility of a border shutdown. He was consistent with his message.

"Well, of course, I don't want to see the border closed," Gov. Ducey said."I've said a thousand times or more, Mexico is our number one trading partner by four, so I want to see us continue to be able to trade, but the border does need attention. There is a crisis at the border, it's a humanitarian crisis and the Congress needs to act."

We even asked if the President knew about his stance.

"The administration knows my position," Gov. Ducey said. "And they know we realize as good as any other state in the nation that there is a crisis at the border and it should be reported accurately."

But today in Washington, D.C. - a reversal of course, with the Governor throwing his support behind a potential closure after a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

"If that were the situation, we would be supportive of it and want to be as short as possible," Gov. Ducey said. "I don't see any reason that it has to happen while all Congress has to do is act."

The Governor stressed the need for action to be taken not only for security but also for helping non-profits - many in Arizona are overwhelmed by asylum seekers with no place to go after being dropped off by ICE.

"I told him about our situation, where our non-profits were, how we needed help, and we needed Congress to act," Gov. Ducey said.