Sinema Questions Acting DHS Secretary, Underscores the Need to Work With Arizona Stakeholders and Secure the Border

Mar 4, 2020

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today in a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing questioned Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf about improving how his Department works with Arizona stakeholders, such as the Tohono O’odham Nation, to secure the border, protect Arizona communities, and treat migrants fairly and humanely.
“I am committed to finding bipartisan and commonsense solutions to secure Arizona’s border and protect our communities while treating migrants fairly and humanely. I believe we should work together with tribal partners in Arizona and other stakeholders to tackle some of the threats and challenges along our nation’s borders,” said Sinema.

In today’s hearing, Sinema questioned Secretary Wolf on how DHS can improve its border security efforts, including how best to secure Arizona’s water future and work with tribal partners such as the Tohono O’odham Nation when securing Arizona’s border. 
Sinema has worked across the aisle to keep Arizona safe and address ongoing challenges at the border. Last year, she secured critical priorities in the bipartisan border funding bills that were signed into law, including increasing the number of immigration judges at the border, providing funding for nongovernmental organizations assisting migrants across Arizona, and improving recruitment and retention of border security personnel.