U.S. Conference of Mayors tour border facilities, discuss border crisis


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials lead members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on a tour of a CBP facility Thursday, July 11, 2019.

EL PASO, Texas — The U.S. Conference of Mayors toured several border facilities during a visit to El Paso on Thursday.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo hosted, while Bryan Barnett, the president of the USCM and mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan, led the bipartisan delegation.

The five other mayors lead cities on or near the southern border. They got a chance to see first-hand the ongoing situation at the border, and discuss the impact it’s having on their cities. 

The mayors also participated in a town hall with the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kevin McaAleenan.

During its 87th annual meeting, the USCM passed several resolutions addressing the nation’s immigration policy, including a resolution sponsored by Mesa (Arizona) Mayor John Giles calling for increased federal support to take on the humanitarian crisis at the border. 

The mayors in Thursday’s delegation were:
USCM President Bryan Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan
Host Dee Margo, Mayor of El Paso.
Co-chair, USCM Immigration Reform Task Force John Giles, Mayor of Mesa.
Ken Miyagashima, Mayor Las Cruces.
Tim Keller, Mayor of Albuquerque.
Jose Segarra, Mayor of Killeen.
Douglas Nicholls, Mayor of Yuma.

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