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The Latest: McSally hosts discussion on surge of migrants

April 1, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a meeting held by U.S. Sen. Martha McSally regarding an influx of immigrants at the southern border (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

A group of nonprofit organizations met with immigration officials and U.S. Sen. Martha McSally on Monday to discuss response to the growing number of immigrant families who are dropped off in Arizona as government resources are maxed out.

The meeting was held in Phoenix and also included the Yuma mayor, who said last week he was coordinating with non-governmental organizations there after the Border Patrol announced it was now releasing families soon after arresting them.

McSally said the issue is at a crisis level and needs urgent response.

Border crossings have skyrocketed. Border Patrol agents were projected to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the southern border in March.


U.S. Sen. Martha McSally has organized a roundtable discussion on the recent surge of migrants being apprehended and released into Arizona communities.

She’s hosting Monday’s event in downtown Phoenix.

Expected to attend are officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the mayors of Mesa and Yuma, and members from non-governmental organizations.

Arrests all along the southern border have skyrocketed in recent months.

Border agents were on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the southern border in March, over half of which are families with children.

To manage the crush, Customs and Border Protection is reassigning 750 border inspectors from their usual duties at the ports of entry to help Border Patrol keep pace with arrivals in between ports of entry.

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