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As Texas Lawmakers Bicker About the Border Crisis, Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema, Mark Kelly Quietly Get to Work

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As Texas lawmakers continue to speak out about the situation at the southern border on social media and cable news outlets, elected officials in Arizona have quietly gotten to work for their constituents.

Speaking with mayors in the state’s border towns and other municipalities that have been impacted by the surge of migrants, officials were quick to thank Arizona Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly for their help at the federal level.

Gila Bend Mayor Chris Riggs said if it weren’t for Sinema stepping in, his town would be overwhelmed by an influx of migrants. Despite lacking any Border Patrol facility, Gila Bend, with less than 2,000 residents, has become a drop off point for an overflow of migrants at the southern border.

“The first two drops [Border Patrol] planned on doing, Senator Sinema actually stopped them because she understands there’s nothing here for them and she understands that they’re putting migrants in very bad situations because we have no way to help them,” Riggs told The Liberty Buzz on Wednesday.

He said the moderate Democrat also jumped in to help earlier this week when six migrant families were handed off to Gila Bend with no shelter that would take them in.

“We scrambled trying to find them a place where they could get a bed, at least a shelter that could take care of them for the day. We had Senator Sinema jump in our court. She’s been really helpful with us… [Sinema] found us a shelter to take them to,” he explained.

A spokesperson from Sinema’s office told The Liberty Buzz that the senator has been committed to improving “cooperation and coordination between federal agencies, local governments including Mayor Griggs, and non-profits on the ground who are helping safely house and transport migrants to protect Arizona communities.”

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, attends the Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing for William Burns, nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, in Russell Senate Office Building on February 24, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A spokesperson from Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s office told The Liberty Buzz she was working with Cornyn on a bipartisan agreement to address the border situation.
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In a statement sent to The Liberty Buzz, Kirkpatrick said she had planned numerous visits to Arizona’s border towns in the coming weeks to hear from local officials about what they need from the federal government. She said she is also ensuring that federal funds towards COVID-19 protection are being made available to these towns.

“This is not the first time our community has attended to an influx of migrants at our southern border—in the past, we have met this moment courageously, together, even in the face of the Trump administration’s cruel policies at the border,” the congresswoman wrote. “That said, it is the first time we are challenged by an ongoing health emergency, which adds complexities to the issue. We have met with FEMA, the Tucson DHS Sector, County representatives, the Border Counties Coalition and local humanitarian groups, and it’s clear that our local governments and non-profits need more federal help.”

The Liberty Buzz reached out to the offices of Biggs and Ducey for comment, but did not hear back before publication.

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