Non-Governmental Organization Perspective on the Southwest Border, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, April 28, 2021 [open pdf - 6MB]
This is the April 28, 2021 hearing on "Non-Governmental Organization Perspective on the Southwest Border," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Kyrsten Sinema: "Right now our nation confronts a crisis at our Southwest Border. Since the beginning of 2021, we have seen an unprecedented surge of migrants arrive at the border. [...] Non-government organizations [NGO's] play a critically important role in managing the ongoing influx. Their efforts to provide migrants with basic assistance, including food, shelter, and travel aid, is a key link in the ongoing effort to ensure migrants are treated fairly and our communities can successfully manage this crisis. Without these NGO's, Arizona, our border States, our nations, and the migrants themselves would be worse off. This is why I worked with my colleagues to include $110 million in funding in the last COVID [coronavirus disease] package to provide NGO's and border communities with additional resources to assist migrants and protect our communities. I look forward to hearing directly from the International Rescue Committee and Annunciation House about how Congress and the administration can improve its efforts to communicate and coordinate with NGO's, and it is critical that Congress hear directly from NGO's about the challenges they face, so it can craft solutions that make sense for everyone impacted by this crisis." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ruben Garcia, Beth Strano, and Joshua Jones.
S. Hrg. 117-37; Senate Hearing 117-37
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