Sinema, Cornyn tour migrant facilities in Tucson as part of two-day border visit

TUCSON — Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Sen. John Cornyn kicked off on Tuesday a two-day tour of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The two senators toured facilities in Tucson housing migrants apprehended along Arizona’s border with Mexico, including unaccompanied children. The pair is scheduled on Wednesday to visit similar facilities along Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

Sinema, D-Ariz., said the visit is aimed at learning about differences in migration and enforcement patterns along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as to boost support for a bipartisan bill she introduced with Cornyn, R-Texas, that is aimed at addressing “immediate” needs at the border.

“As border state senators … we represent different political parties, but we share the same interest of wanting to find solutions that are workable for our states and for our country,” Sinema said.

Tuesday’s visit began with a tour of the air command center for the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, which covers the eastern two-thirds of Arizona’s border with Mexico.

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