TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier testified in front of a Congressional subcommittee on Tuesday, April 30. The topic was border safety.
In his testimony to the Committee on Homeland Security, Napier focused on his 30 years of experience as a law enforcement official on the border. He told the committee there has always been a crisis, but now the humanitarian crisis and public safety crisis is worse than ever.
“The humanitarian crisis and the public safety crisis is a very real problem for the people of Arizona, and I want them to understand that this political debate is not helping this a lot," Napier said. "But moreover, our current social services network is stressed beyond the point of breaking because asylum seekers are being released into Pima County. And we need support from Washington DC to address these issues.”
He stressed that the issue is not partisan.
“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue. This is a community issue, this is a public safety issue. It’s a humanitarian issue, and we need to frame it that way. And if I can bring some light to that it’s time well spent for me," he said.
Napier suggested focusing on common beliefs as a way to find a solution to the issue.
“We focus too much in this country and politically on what we disagree about rather than what we agree about. Let’s focus on those things we can all agree on. There is a crisis, it’s humanitarian, it’s public safety. So let’s come together and let’s fix that. That’s what we put people in Washington, D.C. to do,” he said.