Kelly Statement on President Biden’s Border Action

Arizona Senator Mark Kelly released the following statement after President Biden announced a new measure to limit daily unauthorized crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border:  

“President Biden’s plan is a welcome action that will help address urgent needs at the border. In Arizona, where Border Patrol agents and nonprofits are often overwhelmed by daily migrant crossings, this new effort will support their crucial work and help relieve border communities from the burden of our broken immigration system.  

“But make no mistake—this is only necessary because Congress has failed to do its dutyto help fix the border and there is no substitute for that. The Senate has twice had the opportunity to take up an agreement negotiated by Republicans and Democrats to invest in more Border Patrol agents, technology and personnel to stop fentanyl, officers to quickly screen asylum claims, and other lasting solutions, but both times my Republican colleagues walked away.   

“Today is a step forward for the federal government to better support Arizona and I’ll keep working with anyone to fix our border and our broken immigration system.”