In a letter to President Biden on Friday, Democratic Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs expressed her frustration and concerns about the government’s response to the crisis at the southern border, while demanding a large refund.

“Today I sent a letter to President Biden asking him to reassign National Guard members to help with reopening and also to reimburse us for the $512,529,333 that federal border inaction cost us has,” Hobbs wrote on X.

In the letter, Hobbs told Biden that the refunds were due to the federal government’s “failure to secure the Arizona border” and emphasized that the state of Arizona will regularly seek refunds from the federal government going forward.

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Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin/File)

On Monday, the Lukeville port of entry was closed by federal government order, forcing all American and Mexican residents to drive several hours to the nearest port of entry in Nogales, Arizona.

“Arizona has continued to bear the burden of federal inaction in managing our southern border for far too long,” Hobbs wrote in the letter. “The recent decision to close the Lukeville Port of Entry has created a complete humanitarian crisis in the region and endangered Arizona’s security and commerce.”

In her letter, Hobbs called on Biden to “immediately” move 243 National Guard troops already assigned to the Tucson area to the Lukeville port of entry.

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“In addition, to the extent necessary, I am requesting that additional National Guard members currently on active federal duty be deployed to Arizona to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection in reopening the Lukeville Port of Entry,” said Hobbs.

Hobbs was scheduled to travel to the state’s southern border with Mexico this weekend to visit the border station in Lukeville.

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Migrants flee through a gap being repaired in the border wall in Lukeville, Arizona. (Fox News/File)

Hobbs added that border security and the safety of their communities are their top priorities.

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“As long as I’m governor, I will do everything I can to keep Arizonans safe — even if the federal government doesn’t act,” Hobbs said.

Gov. Hobbs’ office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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