Ahead of Administration’s Title 42 Suspension, Sinema Meets with Arizona Non-Profits Serving on Front Lines of the Migration Crisis

May 3, 2023

Senator heard from non-governmental organizations about how they’re using funding she secured to prepare for the end of Title 42

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema held meetings with Arizona nonprofits – including International Rescue Committee, Casa Alitas, and the Regional Center for Border Health – to discuss how they’re preparing for the end of Title 42 on May 11.
“Arizona non-profits make Arizona communities safer and more secure and help ensure migrants are treated fairly and humanely. We’re working together to ensure Arizona non-profits on the front lines of the migration crisis have the resources they need ahead of Title 42’s end,” said Sinema, Chair of the Senate Border Management Subcommittee. 
In order to prevent street releases in Arizona and across the Southwest border, non-profits and local governments need consistent, dependable funding streams. Since 2019, Sinema has secured over $1 billion for migrant services through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and the new Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Shelter and Services Grant Program (SSP). 
The Administration will end COVID-19-related emergency declarations on May 11, which will also remove the basis for Title 42. Sinema recently questioned Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the Administration’s plans to manage increased levels of migration following Title 42’s permanent suspension. Following her questioning, the Senator remains concerned that the Administration is not prepared to handle the anticipated surge of encounters.
For more than a year, Sinema has urged the Administration to implement a comprehensive plan to prepare for the anticipated surge of encounters when Title 42 ends.