McSally hears testimony from residents, officials during border security field hearing

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) chaired a field hearing on border security in Sahuarita, Arizona, on Monday that included testimony from local residents about their experiences living near the border with Mexico.

McSally, the chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, heard testimony from two witness panels that included residents, police officials, Border Patrol agents, business owners, nonprofit representatives, local government officials and ranchers.

“The experiences shared (on Monday) paint a very different picture than what we hear in Washington, D.C,” McSally said. “Contrary to what we’ve been told, the border is not secure, and the consequences of this failure are felt by our residents every day. That’s why southern Arizonans’ perspectives are so important and must be part of the discussion to improve our border strategy.”

The Border Patrol’s “defense in depth” strategy, local highway checkpoints and the need for better border infrastructure were discussed during the hearing.

“I’ve worked hard to move us to a fact-based discussion about securing the border and help rebuild faith in our system,” McSally said. “I was proud to see the House unanimously pass my bill recently to conduct a full threat assessment of our southwest border and will continue to fight to advance commonsense solutions that make our communities safer and make sure Southern Arizona voices are heard.” 

Monday marked the third time McSally has convened a hearing on border security since being appointed chairwoman of the subcommittee.

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