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Kyrsten Sinema vents frustrations on border trip with Republicans


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The Washington Examiner

Anna Giaritelli, Homeland Security Reporter
April 05, 2023

BISBEE, Arizona — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) made an impassioned plea for congressional immigration reform Wednesday, saying residents in her state have been unfairly affected by the Biden administration's executive changes over the last two years.

Sinema, who hosted a bicameral group of GOP lawmakers in eastern Arizona, pointed to rancher John Ladd, whose experience living on the border had changed from president to president over several decades despite no policies having been approved by Congress.


“That's not fair," Sinema said during a press conference at the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department office following a meeting with local officials. "That shouldn't be John's experience, right? John should get to expect that the security and safety of his property is consistent from one administration to the next. He doesn't have that promise right now. It's Congress's job to affect laws that create that level of security and predictability for John and his family.”

*Sinema, a former Democrat who converted to an independent last year, brought Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Rep. Juan Ciscomani (R-AZ), Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX), and Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) to the Raul Hector Castro Land Port of Entry in Douglas and along the border in Naco. The outreach to Republicans is notable as Sinema seeks to pass immigration reforms in a divided Congress.

"It takes a group of members of the House and the Senate to come together and just get it done," Gonzales said. "This can't be the normal. This cannot be normal. There is nothing more dangerous if this becomes our new normal for our next generation




* Notice No Democrats.

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