Senators visit Arizona, Texas border in search for solutions

Jan 10, 2023, 2:49 AM | Updated: 5:07 pm
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., introduces Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to those gathered inside t...

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., introduces Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to those gathered inside the conference room at Regional Center for Border Health in Somerton, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, about issues at the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma region. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

(Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

              U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., talks to those gathered inside the conference room at Regional Center for Border Health in Somerton, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, about issues at the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma region.  (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)
            
              U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. talks to those gathered inside the conference room at Regional Center for Border Health in Somerton, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, about issues at the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma region.  (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)
            
              U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., talks to those gathered inside the conference room at Regional Center for Border Health in Somerton, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, about issues at the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma region.  (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)
            
              U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., center right, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, center, left, talk to those gathered inside the conference room at Regional Center for Border Health in Somerton, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, about issues at the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma region.  (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)
            
              U.S. Sen Chris Murphy, D-Conn., listens to a presentation by Yuma County Board of Supervisors member Jonathan Lines during a bipartisan discussion about issues at the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma region, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, inside the conference room at Regional Center for Border Health in Somerton, Ariz.  (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)
            
              U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., talks to those gathered inside the conference room at Regional Center for Border Health in Somerton, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, about issues at the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma region.  (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)
            
              Cocopah Indian Tribe Chairwoman Sherry Cordova listens to a presentation by Yuma County Board of Supervisors member Jonathan Lines during a bipartisan discussion about issues at the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma region, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, inside the conference room at Regional Center for Border Health in Somerton, Ariz.  (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)
            
              U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. talks to those gathered inside the conference room at Regional Center for Border Health in Somerton, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, about issues at the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma region.  (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)
            
              U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., talks to those gathered inside the conference room at Regional Center for Border Health in Somerton, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, about issues at the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma region.  (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)
            
              U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., introduces Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to those gathered inside the conference room at Regional Center for Border Health in Somerton, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, about issues at the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma region.  (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — Politicians, tribal leaders and the head of a local humanitarian group in Arizona’s Yuma County called on a politically diverse delegation of senators from around the U.S. to pass immigration reform amid an increase in migrant arrivals that can overwhelm local resources.

Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema, an Independent, and Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn led the eight-member delegation to Yuma, one day after they made a similar visit to El Paso, Texas.

The two-state tour comes amid calls for Washington to find new ways to deal with growing numbers of people from around the world arriving at the U.S. southern border. It follows President Joe Biden’s visit to El Paso Sunday on his way to a summit of North American leaders in Mexico City.

Efforts to pass major immigration reform in Congress have repeatedly stalled in recent years.

Biden in recent days announced a major immigration policy shift that will create new pathways to the U.S. for some migrants. But it will also require migrants in many instances to remain in their home countries while their cases are weighed.

“This is a very, very difficult issue, but this is a group of senators with a history of getting things done,” said Sinema.

Hundreds of people coming from countries as diverse as Russia, Georgia, India and Nicaragua have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in Yuma County daily, many seeking asylum. Yuma just a few years ago was a sleepy spot on the border that saw about 8,000 such arrivals every year.

“It’s a really big challenge. This is a global issue we are experiencing,” said Amanda Aguirre, president and CEO of the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc., which helps new arrivals with transportation so they can reunite with relatives in the U.S. while waiting for their asylum cases to be heard.

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls, a Republican, has repeatedly called on leaders in Washington to come up with lasting policy changes.

“Money doesn’t make it go away,” said Nicholls, saying that additional funding is “just a stop gap.”

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

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Senators visit Arizona, Texas border in search for solutions