Senators secured funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to help non-governmental organizations provide critical migrant assistance
WASHINGTON – Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly today announced that Arizona will receive 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 – avoiding street releases, keeping families safe, and ensuring migrants are treated fairly and humanely.
Today’s announcement follows the Senators’ request urging the Administration to avoid migrant street releases post-Title 42 by ensuring Arizona organizations and communities have the resources they need.
“Arizona border communities, non-profits, and law enforcement agencies are being left to manage a crisis they did not create. After months of inaction, I’m glad to see the Administration begin to change course, listen to our calls, and provide critical assistance for our communities as they face increased levels of migration as Title 42 ends,” said Sinema, Chair of the Border Management Subcommittee.
“This funding we secured will provide much-needed resources for our border communities at a critical time to help manage an influx of migrants. We’ll keep working with the administration and border communities to ensure a secure, orderly, humane process,” said Kelly.
This funding was made possible due to the efforts of Sinema and Kelly, who secured $800 million for the CBP Shelter and Services Program. The funds secured today were reallocated from the Shelter and Services Program to the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, making sure that funding for non-governmental organizations and local governments can continue as Title 42 ends.
Earlier this week, Sinema and Kelly sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging the Administration to avoid migrant street releases post-Title 42 by ensuring the CBP Shelter and Services Program works for Arizona communities, which are already struggling to manage the border and immigration crisis.