Senator John McCain met with Douglas Mayor Danny Ortega Jr., Agua Prieta Mayor Irma Villalobos and local law enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol Officials in a closed to the public meeting at the Gadsden on Feb. 18.
A bipartisan group of senators including McCain and Jeff Flake want assurances on border security as Congress weighs what could be the biggest changes to immigration law in nearly 30 years.
Arizona is the only state with both of its senators working on immigration reform in Congress, a sign of the state's widely debated border security issues.
Immigration activists and elected officials say it's only natural for Arizona to continue to take the forefront in the national conversation on immigration after years of internal debate on the topic.
McCain also meet with local ranchers to discuss border security. Douglas is safe but the rural areas are not, Gary Thrasher local rancher said. “Border Patrol has now pushed the drugs and illegals to the rural areas and that’s where we are not safe.”
The U.S. media was not invited to either meeting but the Mexican media was present for the meeting at the Gadsden