Representative Greg Stanton expressed concern as the Department of Homeland Security announced the reopening of Lukeville Port of Entry on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 6 a.m.

Stanton highlighted the strain on Border Patrol due to recent closures during a critical month for cross-border activities.

Urging Congress for emergency funds, Stanton emphasized the need to hire more officers and bolster resources for border security.

During one of the busiest months for cross-border commerce and tourism, our understaffed and under-resourced Border Patrol was forced to close a vital port of entry. Border communities cant keep paying the price for the federal governments failures. Congress must come together to pass emergency supplemental funds to hire more officers and surge resources to secure our border, Representative Greg Stanton said.

As Chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Immigration and Border Security Task Force, Stanton continues to push for a vote on the Administration’s $13.6 billion emergency supplemental funding request, focusing on additional Border Patrol agents and resources to address migrant claims.

This is a developing story. KGUN 9 will have more information on the re-opening of the Lukeville POE in the coming days.