Arizona: Governor Katie Hobbs’ Office Holds Border Community Listening Sessions

PHOENIX ~ Governor Katie Hobbs of Phoenix held listening sessions last Thursday and Friday with border community advocates to discuss the challenges and needs of their communities in light of an impending influx of asylum-seeking migrants if Title 42 is suspended on May 11. The Governor's office met with non-governmental organizations, including Campesinos sin Fronteras, International Rescue Committee, Regional Center Border Health and representatives from Greyhound lines and Sky Harbor International Airport.

The Governor expressed her commitment to proactively addressing the issues at the southern border. "My administration is proactively addressing the myriad of issues with our southern border, and want to hear from organizations on the ground regarding how the administration can better support efforts to coordinate and collaborate on processing these individuals in the most humane and efficient manner," said Governor Hobbs.

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The sessions focused on transportation and housing options for migrants seeking asylum. Arizona has seen a dramatic increase in legal asylum cases over the past decade, leading federal officials, congressional staff, counties, local cities, and nonprofits in Arizona to develop a temporary plan to address surges of asylum seekers.

Emma Torres of Campesinos sin Fronteras thanked Governor Hobbs for initiating these listening sessions. "This is the first time this has happened and it shows the Hobbs Administration is willing to sincerely and seriously tackle these issues in a collaborative and open manner," said Torres.

The listening sessions are part of Governor Hobbs' ongoing efforts to identify and address issues along the Arizona border. Tomorrow she will travel to the border with Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to hear from border officials, humanitarian aid organizations, and tour the Mariposa Port of Entry. This will be her third trip to the border in under 100 days.

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