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Congressman Greg Stanton Tours Yuma Border Patrol Migrant Facility, Talks Economy with Area Leaders

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U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton speaks at an economic roundtable at the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.

U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton was in Yuma Thursday where he toured the Yuma Border Patrol migrant facility and met with area leaders to talk about the economy. 

Congressman Stanton, whose district serves Maricopa County, met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials in Yuma where he was given a tour of the temporary soft-sided tent facility housing migrants. It’s the latest in several recent visits by elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. Reporters were not allowed to attend the tour.

Stanton, the former mayor of Phoenix, said he is against the Remain in Mexico policy for asylum seekers. Families seeking asylum, who formerly had been released into the U.S. to await the outcome of their cases, are now being sent back to Mexico.

“I don’t support that policy and I’m frustrated they’re utilizing that policy," Stanton told KAWC. "We’ve invested a lot in improvements to the system- more judges and more staff to help speed up and process cases.” 

Stanton also visited the Port of San Luis Commercial Facility and held an economic roundtable with area leaders in agriculture, trade and economic development.

Stanton was joined by State House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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