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Apr 30, 2024 | Immigration

Rep. Kim’s Fifth Trip to the U.S.-Mexico Border Since She’s Been in Congress

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-40) visited the Southern border in Arizona with a bipartisan delegation led by Arizona Reps. Juan Ciscomani (AZ-06) and Greg Stanton (AZ-04) through the Bipartisan Policy Center’s American Congressional Exchange (ACE) from Thursday, April 25 to Friday, April 26, 2024.

The members had substantive visits with community leaders, charitable organizations, law enforcement, and border patrol to learn more about the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis. Among these visits Rep. Kim joined include at a site visit to Casa Alitas, a charitable organization that helps migrant families, meeting with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials in Nogales, Arizona, and meeting with local law enforcement, mayors, and county administrators. Read more.

“The border crisis is an urgent security, humanitarian, and public health catastrophe that’s hurting my constituents – who live just two hours away from the San Diego sector –and all Americans,” said Rep. Young Kim. “I appreciate the opportunity to hear firsthand from border patrol, law enforcement, and local stakeholders on the front lines of this crisis, and I am hopeful this trip will lead to bipartisan solutions.”

Last year, Rep. Kim introduced the Comprehensive Southern Border Strategy Act (H.R. 3508), a bipartisan bill to require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create a strategy to secure the Southern border that includes:

  • An overview of the current security risks at the Southern border;
  • A review of DHS’s tools used to combat drug trafficking with a focus on fentanyl and related substances;
  • A detailed account of which type of physical barrier, technology or other device DHS believes is best to maintain operational control for each mile of the Southern border and why;
  • A per mile cost calculation for each mile of the Southern border for which type of security device used; and,
  • Cost justifications for each time a more expensive device was chosen.

Photos from the trip can be found HERE.

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