McSally to Tour Southern Arizona Border, Meet with Border Residents
TUCSON – On her first weekend after being sworn-in to Congress, U.S. Representative Martha McSally will tour Customs and Border Protection (CBP) installations with CBP officers and meet with ranchers and border residents to discuss the issue of border security. McSally, a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, has made improving our border strategy a top priority in Congress.
“One of the top concerns I’ve heard about from Southern Arizonans is the safety of our communities, especially as it relates to security along our border” said McSally. “I’ve made numerous trips to our border with ranchers and know first-hand it is not secure. That’s why one of my first actions in Congress will be to meet with border residents and those charged with protecting our border to gain their perspective on how we can better protect our communities.”
“We’re one of only nine southern border districts in the entire country, which means the experiences of our residents are invaluable to the work of Congress. I’ll take my experiences along the border and what I hear on Saturday directly back to Washington and the Committee on Homeland Security to add our residents' insights to legislation being worked on by the committee and help bring about a better strategy for Southern Arizona.”
On Saturday morning, McSally will meet with Customs and Border Protection Agents, including Joint Field Command - Arizona, Commander Paul Beeson, Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padillia, and Division Chief Tim York for a briefing and tour of the Joint Intelligence and Operations Center in Tucson. From there, the group will head out for an aerial tour of the West Desert area, an area ranging from Nogales to the Arizona/New Mexico border.
Later, the group will visit the Hedglen Forward Operating Base near the state line followed by a tour of the Brian A. Terry Station and its area of responsibility, which covers approximately 1,175 square miles in Cochise County. The station is one of eight located in the Tucson sector and has been one of the busiest CBP stations in terms of apprehensions.
After the tour, McSally will meet with a group of over a dozen ranchers and border residents to hear about their experiences living along the border. Following the discussion, McSally will host a conference call with members of the press and rancher John Ladd to discuss the day’s events. Details for the call are below.
McSally serves on the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee and is chairman of the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee on the Committee on Homeland Security.
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION (pending confirmation)
Date: Saturday, January 10
Time: 4:45 PM
Call-in #: 888-810-4789
Participant passcode: 64625