AFP/LIBRE – Arizona Applaud Sen. Sinema for Co-Sponsoring Legislation that Will Address Most Recent Border Surge
Processing & Security Legislation is Important Effort Forward
(Phoenix, AZ) – Today, the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity and The LIBRE Initiative applauded U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) for co-sponsoring the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act of 2021 – legislation aimed at addressing the current emergency at our southern border.
The legislation comes on the heels of a recent surge at the border highlighting the urgency to reform various sections of our country’s immigration system.
Stephen Shadegg, Arizona state director for Americans for Prosperity and Ashley Donis, grassroots engagement director for The LIBRE Initiative – Arizona, issued the following statement:
“For over a generation, Arizonans have been asking lawmakers to set partisan differences aside and improve our country’s immigration system. The latest surge at the border is yet another reminder of the urgent need for practical solutions….
We commend Senator Sinema for cosponsoring this legislation and the lawmakers, from both sides of the aisle, who are taking meaningful action to secure our border. We cannot allow this untenable situation to continue unabated because of partisan politics.”
If enacted, this bill would enhance the processing speed and screening of asylum seekers by expanding capacity and staffing in our immigration system. The bill also provides protections that improve the safety for migrant children with enhanced vetting of sponsors and regular inspections of facilities.
The legislation was introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Representative Henry Cuellar (D, TX-28), and Representative Tony Gonzales (R, TX-23).
- Allocates adequate resources to improve processing of migrants.
- Streamlines credible fear determination and asylum decisions through a pilot program.
- Establishes at least 4 regional processing centers in high traffic sectors of U.S. Border Patrol.
- Mandates HHS conduct regular inspections of facilities providing custody to UACs creating efficiencies while keeping unaccompanied children safe.
- Authorizes the hiring of additional border personnel.
- Enhances Congressional reporting and oversight.