April 21, 2022 Press Releases

FACT CHECK: Senator Kelly Puts Arizona First on Border Security


Today, National Republicans released the first of what will be many desperate attack ads that lie about Senator Kelly’s strong, independent record on border security. Since he was sworn into office 16 months ago, Kelly has delivered resources for increased border security and worked to implement solutions that address the crisis at the border – including when that means standing up to the Biden administration and his own party.

Here are the facts:

McConnell Claim: Kelly “votes the party line in Washington and says the opposite in Arizona”

THE FACTS: Since he was sworn in 16 months ago, Senator Kelly has stood up to the Administration and his party in order to secure Arizona’s border and fix our broken immigration system.

Politico: Kelly Bucks Biden on the Border

Axios: By the numbers: The most bipartisan freshmen

Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) is the most bipartisan Senate Democratic freshman

KYMA: Senator Mark Kelly says the border situation in Yuma is a “crisis”

Border security, still top of mind for members of the federal government as a bill totaling well over a billion dollars is expected to be signed by the president to get more money to help secure our border.

The money comes as apprehensions for this year are expected to break last year’s record of 1.7 million and activity in the Yuma Sector is heating up.

“We have a crisis at our southern border,” Senator Mark Kelly said.

Kelly says $1 billion is specifically going to CBP for processing facilities, migrant medical care, transportation and personnel overtime.

KYMA: “Close the Gaps” – AZ Democrat supports continuing some border wall construction

News 11 has exclusively obtained a letter from Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), asking President Biden to continue some construction along exposed sections of the southern border wall.

He specifically references the ongoing situation in Yuma.

Kelly may very well be one of the first Democrats to take the public stance.

He says he has concerns about border security and wants to close the so-called gaps. The Morelos Dam in Yuma, is considered one of those gaps, where literally hundreds of people are being funneled through that open section every single day.

KTAR: Sen. Mark Kelly says more help is on the way to the Arizona border

Arizona’s southern border has been a focal point for Kelly, a Democrat, since taking office late last year and he has been talking to fellow Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration about the issue…

“D.C. has failed Arizona on border security and immigration here for decades,” Kelly said. “Washington needs to do better and I’m going to continue to push Washington to do better.”

KJZZ: Sen. Mark Kelly Talks Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Immigration And Investigating The Capitol Riot

Just recently, Sen. [Rob] Portman (R-Ohio) and I introduced legislation called the Border Response Resilience Act that is an attempt to take politics out of this process. And it requires that the Department of Homeland Security develops a response plan that prioritizes safety for border communities, but also a humane process for migrants. … What this bill will do is it will provide the resources and the partnerships that are needed to respond when we see these big increases in migration at the border.

McConnell Claim: “Kelly voted to allow restrictions to be lifted, which will cause a massive new border surge.”

THE FACTS: Senator Kelly introduced bipartisan legislation to delay the lifting of Title 42 and has repeatedly pressed the Administration to delay a repeal of this policy without a plan in place that supports Arizona.

Fox News: Arizona Dem senators warn Biden against ‘sharp end’ to Title 42 border restrictions without plan

Arizona Democrats Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are warning President Biden against ending Title 42 border restrictions without a “comprehensive plan” in place to ensure order at the southern border — a sharp contrast to the stance of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“We write to you to express great concern about the lack of a specific plan from your Administration with respect to potential changes to the Title 42 Public Health authority, which the [DHS] has relied on at the border during the coronavirus pandemic,” the senators write.

KTAR: Sens. Sinema, Kelly introduce bill to delay lifting of Title 42 border policy

The new bill would prevent Title 42 from being lifted until at least 60 days after the surgeon general ends the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. The Department of Homeland Security would also have to present a plan to Congress 30 days after the end of the emergency showing how it will handle the expected surge of migrants at the border after the policy change…

“The Biden administration was wrong to set an end date for Title 42 without a comprehensive plan in place,” Kelly said in the release.

“It’s why today we are introducing bipartisan legislation requiring this administration to implement a plan before lifting Title 42 that protects the public health and safety of our border communities and migrants.”

Herald Review: ‘Crisis On Top Of A Crisis’: Kelly Says Biden Has No Plan For Border After Dumping Title 42 

“I warned them about this months ago,” Kelly said. “I’ve been talking to Customs and Border Protection, I’ve been talking to the Department of Homeland Security. They do not have a plan in place on how to deal with the increase in numbers.”…

“I appreciate Sen. Mark Kelly taking the time to visit our county to hear from Border Patrol and community leaders to discuss our current border challenges,” the [Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels] said. “I applaud Sen. Kelly for his support of Title 42 during a time where our southern border is already under crisis.”

“These are more of the same desperate lies when Arizonans know the truth. Senator Kelly always puts Arizona first and has spent his 16 months in office working to secure the southern border and fix our broken immigration system, which Washington has ignored for decades. He has delivered increased border security resources, introduced bipartisan legislation to address the crisis, and has stood up to both the Biden administration and his own party to ensure a safe, humane, and orderly process at the border.” – Sarah Guggenheimer, Mark Kelly for Senate Spokesperson