Ohio Congresswoman Emilia Sykes tours Southern Border in El Paso, Texas and wants a bipartisan solution to the nation's border problem....By Clevelandurbannews.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader

Rep. Sykes pictured at the sign marking the official border between Mexico and the United States.  

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, U.S. Rep. Emilia Sykes (OH-13), an Akron Democrat, traveled to the El Paso sector of the U.S./Mexico border. 

During the trip, hosted by Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Sykes visited various sites to get a complete look at the issues migrants and federal law enforcement agents face along the border.

Ohio’s 13th congressional district that Sykes leads is home to some  39,231 immigrants from across the globe. In Congress, Rep. Sykes is a member of the Democrats for Border Security Task Force and is a co-sponsor of the Stop Fentanyl Now Act, bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis by cracking down on the flow of deadly fentanyl into the United States.


“For too long, discussions in D.C. around border security and immigration reform have been partisan, with the current House majority prioritizing political stunts over real policy solutions. I was glad to make the trip to El Paso to see firsthand what the real challenges at our southern border are and how we can work together to address these issues,” said Rep. Sykes, who is Black. “After meeting with border patrol officials, migrant families, and local immigrant organizations, it’s clear we need a bipartisan, comprehensive solution that increases funding to secure the southern border, combats the flow of illicit fentanyl through our ports of entry, and addresses the backlog of visa applications and asylum cases.

The congresswoman went on to say that " although I don’t represent a border community, it doesn’t mean that border security isn’t a priority to me, and it should be more of a priority for those of us who do not live near the southern border. She added that "I stand ready to work across the aisle to pass meaningful immigration reform that will keep the communities of Ohio’s 13th congressional district safe.”


According to Sykes, the trip allowed members to gain a better understanding of the challenges in the immigration system, including immigration policies such as Title 8, border infrastructure needs, and how to craft policies that treat individuals humanely. 

The federal lawmaker visited a port of entry to view the infrastructure and technology, and a Border Patrol processing facility to gain insight into customs/trade processing. Sykes also met with local non-governmental organizations and advocates in an effort to gain a better understanding of the local perspective and migrant support operations.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


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