FROM THE BORDER – On Wednesday, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) publicly pleaded with her colleagues to come to the table on immigration. In a recent tweet, the senator called on Congress’s failure to address the broken immigration system as it leaves border states such as Arizona cleaning up the mess and asking for needed Department of Homeland Security resources.
Arizonans bear the brunt of Washington’s failure to address our broken immigration system. We must secure the border with a comprehensive, smart, bipartisan approach – we’re calling on @DHSgov to send additional resources and staff to AZ ports. pic.twitter.com/qZGq3LgLmF
— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) April 17, 2019
In March, approximately 53,077 family units and 8,975 children traveling alone were apprehended at the border.
On Tuesday, Border Patrol apprehended and processed the largest single group of migrants along the Arizona-Mexico border. Approximately 393 [mostly] Central American families crossed the border at 4:30 a.m. outside of the Lukeville port of entry.
This group surpasses the largest single group ever recorded by just a few individuals. The second largest group apprehended in Arizona-Mexico was a group of 376 who dug holes under the border fence in San Luis’ port of entry in January 2019.
Tucson Border Patrol Chief patrol agent Roy Villareal said, “This group today, just under 400, created a tremendous gap in border security. I had to close the checkpoint in Ajo. I had to allocate an entire station to begin transporting this group of 400 to a secure location to provide care.”
Under current asylum law, migrants are allowed to cross into the U.S., claim asylum, and remain in the U.S. as their case processes in court. Migrants have overwhelmed the ports of entry in Arizona to a breaking point as of this week. The city of Yuma is the first area to declare a state of emergency as border patrol lack necessary staffing and housing units are at full capacity.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.