SOMERTON, Arizona (Border Report) — U.S. Senator Kirsten Cinema led a bipartisan delegation on a border tour in southwestern Arizona near the city of Somerton.
The group also toured the El Paso area on Monday.
The senators visited several sites, including Yuma’s soft-walled processing center, Morales Dam Gorge, and the break through the Kokop fence known as Yuma Gorge.
The group then took part in a roundtable discussion to discuss the impact of immigration on border communities.
Senators, including Republican John Cornyn of Texas and Democrat Mark Kelly of Arizona, also had the opportunity to ask questions from members of the public, law enforcement and non-governmental organizations.
“This is a group of senators who have a really good track record of getting things done,” said Sinema, I-Arizona. “I’m not going to predict that we’re going to have great success, I’m going to tell you that success is available and it’s a group of people who want to make it happen.”
Cornyn added that he hoped immigration reform would happen in the near future and that this delegation would lead it.
“I hope we will act and we will act responsibly by embracing this legal immigration legacy that has made our country exceptional and the envy of the world,” Kornin said.
Kelly shared Cornyn’s desire to find a solution.
“I hope we can work over the next weeks and months to find a bipartisan solution and then we need to convince our colleagues to come up with a proposal that will better secure the border while at the same time providing resources to communities along the border to address the humanitarian aspect of this. problems,” Kelly said.
Migrant advocates such as Fernando Quiroz of the Arizona-California Humanitarian Coalition remain skeptical and hope the senators’ visit was more than just a photo shoot.
“Enough talk about reform, stop talking about what we are going to do, it’s time to step up, bring it in, let’s do it for the millions that are already here and for the new arriving people that we are — I tell you that you are here. not welcome,” Kyros said.