Governors of Sonora and Arizona analyze border closure between Sonoyta and Lukeville

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They held a meeting where they reaffirmed their commitment to working for the reopening of the border port.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA.- For the benefit of the economic, tourism and social development of the Megaregion of Sonora and Arizona, Governor Alfonso Durazo Montaño and Governor Katie Hobbs held a meeting where they reaffirmed their commitment to working in a coordinated manner to promote a prompt reopening of the border port between Sonoyta and Lukeville.

In a meeting with Katie Hobbs, Governor of Arizona, we agreed to coordinate efforts between both governments to expedite the reopening of the Lukeville-Sonoyta border port. We remain committed to always strengthening ties of communication and cooperation for the benefit of the people of Sonora,” said Durazo Montaño.

The Governor of Sonora pointed out that at the work table the different actions that have been implemented to address the closure of the border in both states were shared, and it was agreed to maintain coordinated work between both governments to find a solution together with the federal governments.

“We understand that the closure of the border is a federal measure, but that in turn it directly impacts the region of Sonora and Arizona, which is why our joint effort is of utmost importance to continue promoting the prompt reopening of the border, for the benefit of all the economic, tourist and social development of the area,” stated the state president.

The head of the state Executive stressed that he agreed with his counterpart Katie Hobbs in maintaining permanent communication and continuing with the working groups to promote actions, in support of both federal governments for an optimal reordering of migratory flows.

BACKGROUND

Since last December 4, the United States Government suspended operations at the Lukeville port of entry, which connects Arizona with Sonora, to allocate more personnel to the processing of undocumented migrants.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the temporary closure of the border crossing is due to a greater flow of migrants at the Southwest border, “fueled by human smugglers.”

Source: El Imparcial