Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Senators go to Arizona border in search of solution

PHOENIX ( Associated Press) – Politicians, tribal leaders and the director of a local Yuma County, Ariz., humanitarian group are calling on a diverse delegation of senators from across the United States to pass immigration reform that could vastly increase immigrant arrivals. Huh. local resources.

Independent Sen. Kristen Sinema of Arizona and Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn led the eight-member delegation, which visited Yuma a day after a similar trip to El Paso, Texas.

The bi-state visit comes amid calls for Washington to find new ways to deal with the growing number of people arriving at the US southern border from around the world. The day before, President Joe Biden was in El Paso on his way to a summit of North American leaders in Mexico City.

Work in Congress to pass massive immigration reform has repeatedly stalled in recent years.

Biden in recent days announced a significant change in immigration policy that would create new entry routes into the United States for some immigrants. But it will also require that, in many cases, migrants remain in their country of origin while their applications are being assessed.

“This is a very difficult issue, but this is a group of senators with a track record of achievement,” Sinema said.

Hundreds of people from countries as diverse as Russia, Georgia, India and Nicaragua seek asylum at the US-Mexico border in Yuma County every day. A few years ago, Yuma was a quiet place on the border where about 8,000 people visited each year.

“It’s a huge challenge. We’re dealing with a global problem,” the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. said Amanda Aguirre, president and CEO of the U.S., which helps transport newcomers so they can be reunited with their families in the United States while they wait for their asylum applications. are solved.

Yuma Mayor Doug Nichols, a Republican, has repeatedly called on Washington leaders to propose permanent changes to their policies.

“Money doesn’t make it go away,” Nichols said, adding that the extra money is “just a Band-Aid”.

Arizona Democratic Sen. John Kelly, who has visited the border several times during his two years in office, was also part of the delegation. The rest of the group included Republican Senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina, James Lankford of Oklahoma, and Jerry Moran of Kansas; and Democratic senators Chris Coons of Delaware and Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

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