For years, Sinema has repeatedly warned the Administration to prepare for the humanitarian and border security crisis before the Title 42 Authority is terminated
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema released the following statement on the termination of the Title 42 Authority.
“The Administration’s insufficient preparation for the end of Title 42 is unacceptable, and Arizona border communities bear the cost. As Title 42 ends, I’ll continue pushing for additional assistance to Arizona communities in need, and I will keep working with Senator Tillis and other bipartisan partners to help secure our border, keep Arizonans safe, and ensure migrants are treated fairly and humanely.”
Sinema has repeatedly warned the Administration to prepare for the humanitarian and border security crisis before the Title 42 Authority ends. The Administration has failed to prepare and, as a result, Sinema and Republican Senator Thom Tillis (N.C.) introduced bipartisan legislation giving the Administration a two-year expulsion authority, resembling the operations of Title 42. Sinema and Tillis’s bipartisan bill provides protections to ensure migrants are not returned to a place that would threaten their life, freedom, or expose them to torture, and allows case-by-case exemptions for migrants with acute medical needs. Since the Title 42 authority was based on the existence of a public health emergency, this legislation gives the Administration temporary expulsion authority that is not tied to public health.
Click HERE to view the Senators’ legislation.
Sinema spoke at the annual McCain Institute Sedona Forum with Face The Nation about the Administration’s lack of adequate preparation and response to the humanitarian and border security crisis.
Sinema and Congressman Juan Ciscomani (R-Ariz.) called on the Administration to follow their lead, drop the partisan talking points, and do what is needed to protect Arizona border communities. Click HERE to read Sinema and Ciscomani’s op-ed in the Arizona Republic.
At the end of last year, Sinema partnered with Republican Senator Thom Tillis on a bipartisan proposal to fuel investments in Border Patrol Agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Officers; provide control of the border through increased enforcement, technology, resources, and more; modernize the asylum system; reform the employment visa system to ensure our nation’s global competitiveness; and establish a pathway for legal citizenship for roughly 2 million Dreamers who were brought to this country when they were children through no fault of their own.