Sinema and Cornyn warned the administration that repealing Title 42 without a comprehensive plan in place will endanger Arizona and Texas communities and overwhelm law enforcement
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Senator John Cornyn (Texas) called on the administration to ensure proper coordination and communication with Arizona and Texas communities, local leaders, and law enforcement before lifting Title 42.
“We are concerned that DHS has not adequately prepared and developed a plan to ensure the safety of migrants, officers, and our communities post-Title 42. To date, we have not seen sufficient steps to avoid a humanitarian and security crisis. Consistent coordination and communication with State and local governments along the border, including small communities, is one necessary element in a successful strategy to secure the border, protect border communities, and ensure migrants are treated fairly and humanely,” wrote the Senators.
Recent reports indicate the administration plans on lifting Title 42 by May 23. The Senators made clear that to protect the health and safety of Arizona and Texas communities, the administration must consistently communicate with local leaders and law enforcement entities on their plan.
Sinema and Cornyn recently introduced the Border Patrol Pay Security Act – bipartisan legislation that ensures Border Patrol agents are treated fairly regarding overtime pay, bringing the Border Patrol pay system into line with other federal law enforcement agencies. The senators’ bipartisan legislation will help address recruitment and retention challenges in the Border Patrol and improve border security.
Last year, Sinema and Cornyn also introduced the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act—legislation that improves the federal government’s response to the border crisis, reduces the impact on local border communities, and ensures migrants are treated fairly and humanely.
Click HERE to read the senators’ letter.