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Yuma and Arizona elected officials weigh in on border bill

Elected officials representing Yuma and Arizona, Democrats, Republicans and independents, agree that border and immigration assistance is needed.

How to get there has long been an open question in Washington.

On Wednesday, U.S. Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan border policy aimed at reducing record numbers of illegal border crossings.

Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, calling the bill a bipartisan effort in good faith.

“Less than 24 hours after we announced the bill, my Republican colleagues changed their minds,” said Sen. Sinema. “At the end of the day, they just want talk, not action.”

Many political analysts say Republicans appear unwilling to pass border legislation in an election year. I said I've had enough of cinema.

“I have a clear message for those who use the southern border for political events: Do not come to Arizona,” she said. “Take your political arena to Texas. Don't bring it to my state. We're serious in Arizona. We don't have time for your political games. We don't have time for your political games. I’m not interested in you posing for the camera.”

In recent years, local Republican elected officials, including Yuma Mayor Doug Nichols, Yuma County Sheriff Leon Willmott, and Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines, have been recruiting election officials and political candidates, who are primarily Republicans, for border tours. Welcome to Yuma.

Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, who frequently visits the border, said in a released statement that the bill is a step in the right direction.

“After decades of neglect, Congress has a real opportunity to address the growing humanitarian crisis affecting Arizona and other border regions,” said Senator Kerry. As a senator, my state desperately needs additional resources and solutions to ensure an orderly and fair society.” We will ensure safe procedures at the border and I will consider this agreement carefully. ”

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva is among the progressive Democrats who say the proposed bill doesn't go far enough.

“The Senate missed an opportunity to create thoughtful and lasting immigration reform to confront and humanely manage the humanitarian crisis at the border. Instead, this bill It's doubling down on punitive measures, an extreme Republican wish list filled with the immigration failures of the era.”

“This bill completely lacks legal tools to address the status of Dreamers, farmworkers, or undocumented immigrants who have been important members of our communities for decades,” Grijalva said. continued. It was a productive attempt to create real immigration reform. ”

Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar called the bill “utter nonsense” and a “travesty.”

In a statement, Gosar said, “In addition to not closing the southern border, we are allowing 5,000 illegal aliens to cross the border every day and denying more than 1.85 million lawbreakers a year entry into the United States. “We are allowing this and making the situation even worse…” This is the worst bill in Congress in a decade, and that says a lot. ”

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