As Chair of the Border Management Subcommittee, Sinema routinely brings bipartisan colleagues to examine the security and humanitarian crisis at Arizona’s border
NOGALES – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema – Chair of the Border Management Subcommittee – and Ranking Member James Lankford (R-Okla.) participated in a line tour of the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales to examine post-Title 42 operations with members of the U.S. Border Patrol.
“We’re working directly with Arizona communities and Border Patrol Agents to identify and deliver real solutions that secure the border, give families peace of mind, and treat migrants fairly and humanely. Our tour provided insight that we’ll take back to Washington to fight for Arizona border communities,” said Sinema, Chair of the Border Management Subcommittee.
The Tucson Sector, which includes the Nogales station, is one of two Border Patrol sectors in Arizona. It covers a total of 262 border miles, and it is one of the busiest border sectors in the country in both migrant encounters and illicit narcotics seizures.
Prior to the line tour with Nogales USBP, Sinema and Lankford toured the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry to review new at-port processing procedures. Following the end of Title 42, migrants are once again able to request asylum at ports of entry under Title 8 authorities.
Sinema and Lankford’s trip to Nogales is the latest in a series of visits to the border. In January, Sinema led the largest bipartisan delegation in recent memory of U.S. Senators to the Southwest border in El Paso, Texas, and Yuma, Arizona, to see firsthand the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis that Arizona border communities experience every day. Last month, Sinema led a Congressional delegation to the Southwest border near Naco to continue focusing on lasting bipartisan solutions to the border crisis. the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis impacting Arizona communities.
Leading up to Title 42’s end, Sinema routinely met with Arizona border stakeholders to prepare. A week before the authority expired, Sinema secured over $45.4 million through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to help non-profits and communities on the frontlines of the border and immigration crisis provide critical assistance to migrants – limiting street releases, keeping Arizona families safe, and ensuring migrants are treated fairly and humanely.