Arizona Elected Officials Turned Their Back On Real Border Needs

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Southern Border Region/Arizona - Today, Rep. Martha McSally (R), Rep. Tom O'Halleran (D), and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) voted against the best interests of their constituents. The trio voted in favor of slipping a whopping $1.6 billion into a funding bill for military spending to begin construction on a border wall expansion.

Randy Mayer, Senior Minister of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Arizona and member of the Southern Border Communities Coalition released the following statement:

"Here in Arizona and across the southern border the safety of our community and the dignity of each individual and family is our top priority. For that reason, we condemn these Representatives' vote to move forward a $1.6 billion spending provision for a border wall that does nothing for our communities or for our country. What our country needs is comprehensive immigration reform and modernized ports of entry to help our economy thrive. These elected officials made a commitment to fairly represent the people and with today's decision they have failed to listen to their constituents. We have spoken and we do not want nor do we need a wall. The resources wasted on this frivolous hate-filled funding scheme would be better used to revitalize not militarize our communities."

About Southern Border Communities Coalition
The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) brings together organizations from San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas, to ensure that border enforcement policies and practices are accountable and fair, respect human dignity and human rights, and prevent the loss of life in the region.

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