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As a representative of a border district, I know first-hand the real conditions on the border and the problems we face due to our broken immigration system. There must be federal action in two parts: building a pathway towards citizenship that is humane and securing our border against drug smugglers and other serious criminals with modern technology.

The borderlands are in our backyard and I have worked hard to understand the complexity of our current border and immigration situation. I have met with immigration advocacy groups, heard stories from asylum-seekers and I have partnered with local non-profit agencies housing migrants in Tucson.

We must increase the number of immigration judges, so we can more efficiently process asylum seekers and immigration claims. The strategy to stopping illegal immigration is not detention centers, it requires the federal government to come together and build an application process that is thorough and efficient.

What we have learned is that congressional oversight over federal agencies is more important than ever. I have met with border patrol officials and visited detention and holding facilities in ArizonaWe must stop the separation of families at the border, provide humane conditions, and reverse this administration’s policies that are inconsistent with American values.

I stood opposed to former President Trump’s decision to divert funds from our military installations and FEMA to build his wall. Every dollar spent on ineffective border security is one fewer spent on strategies that will work. I applaud President Biden’s executive action to halt construction, and look forward to instituting bold environmental policies to bring healing to our desert. We can improve the security of our borders by building the technology infrastructure along our border and at our ports of entry to stop the flow of drugs coming into our country.

June 15, 2021

Rep. Kirkpatrick Statement on the 9th Anniversary of DACA

(Tucson, AZ) Rep. Kirkpatrick released the following statement to mark the ninth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, established by President Obama on June 15, 2012: “Today we celebrate the resilience and hope of immigrant youth who fought for and won the DACA program and continue to protect it from Republican…

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June 11, 2021

Rep. Kirkpatrick Responds to Governor Ducey’s Request for Out of State Law Enforcement at the Border

(TUCSON AZ) — Today, the Office of Rep. Kirkpatrick responds to Governor Ducey and Texas Governor Abbot’s joint letter to the 48 other state governors requesting additional law enforcement staff and resources to patrol the Texas and Arizona borders with Mexico. “First, it is unclear what this plan is. Second, me and my office have…

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April 22, 2021

Rep. Kirkpatrick Votes to Outlaw Discriminatory Religious Travel Bans, Protect Due Process Rights at Ports of Entry

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Rep. Kirkpatrick voted to pass H.R. 1333, the NO BAN Act, and H.R. 1573, the Access to Counsel Act of 2021.  Together, this landmark legislation would prevent future presidents from issuing travel bans that discriminate based on religion, such as the previous Administration’s Muslim Ban, while protecting certain due process protections…

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April 9, 2021

The Office of Rep. Kirkpatrick Meets With Migrants, Advocates in Series of Border Trips

(Tucson, AZ) — Over the past week, Rep. Kirkpatrick and her staff traveled to the border to meet with migrant advocates, migrants, small business owners, and local government officials.  On Thursday, the group visited sister cities Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora, where they met with local business owners to discuss how they have fared…

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