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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.

March 18, 2021

Rep. Kirkpatrick Introduces the American Dream Employment Act of 2021

Would Allow DACA, TPS, & DED Beneficiaries to work in Congress  WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Kirkpatrick introduced the American Dream Employment Act of 2021. Under current law, paid employment in the House and Senate is limited to individuals who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents in the process of naturalizing. As a result, DREAMers —…

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March 3, 2021

Reps. Kirkpatrick, Grijalva Urge DHS Secretary To Involve Border Communities in Border Wall Recoup

(TUCSON, AZ) — Today, Rep. Kirkpatrick and Rep. Grijalva (AZ-03) sent a letter to President Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging them to consult and involve border communities in discussions about the future of the border wall. They were joined by Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49), Rep. Filemon…

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July 7, 2020

ICYMI: Rep. Kirkpatrick Joins Colleagues Urging Trump Administration to Promptly Release Families Together

House Democrats and Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Denounce the Trump Administration’s Latest Immigration Policies WASHINGTON — Today, Rep. Kirkpatrick joined the list of eighty House Democrats and Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) led by Chairman Joaquin Castro demanding the Trump administration safely and swiftly release all parents and children that are in…

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May 30, 2020

Rep. Kirkpatrick, Colleagues Send Letter to ICE Regarding Migrant Detention Facilities and Treatment During COVID-19 Pandemic

Includes Letter From Detainees About Inhumane Conditions at La Palma (Tucson, AZ) – Rep. Kirkpatrick, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Arizona Reps. Grijalva, Gallego, and Stanton sent a letter to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director, Matthew T. Albence raising deep concerns about the conditions…

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