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esterday, Representative John Curtis (R-UT), visited the southern border, near Sierra Vista, AZ, to witness firsthand the worsening border crisis. This was Curtis’ third trip to the border since coming to Congress. 


“I visited the border and discovered a shocking truth: it's not the U.S. government but the cartels who are in control,” said Rep. Curtis. “These crime rings decide who crosses, when, and where. It is a stark revelation of policy failure, and I will continue introducing legislation and conducting oversight to solve this problem hurting Utahns.”


The visit comes after Rep. Curtis introduced the Border Security State Reimbursement Act. This bill would reimburse states for funds used to send law enforcement to secure the border. It ensures costs incurred due to federal government inaction don’t cut into other necessary services. Shortly after Curtis visited the border, Utah Governor, Spencer Cox, announced he would be sending Utah’s National Guard to Texas. Under this legislation Utah would qualify for reimbursement. 


Beyond visiting the border, Curtis spoke during a House Natural Resources Field Hearing about why this surge in illegal border crossings is directly negatively impacting Utah. You can find his remarks below.




Additional coverage:

Deseret News: Rep. John Curtis travels to border town in Arizona, calls crisis the ‘worst possible humanitarian situation’

Rod Arquette Show: 4:38 pm: Utah Congressman John Curtis

KSLNewsRadio: Utah Congressman shocked by conditions at the US-Mexico border Rep. John Curtis: Fentanyl threat makes US-Mexico border security issue so significant to Utah

ABC4: John Curtis looks into border crisis at U.S.-Mexico border