YUMA, Ariz. U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) will be in Yuma Friday to meet with several key groups and organizations. Flake will meet with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon. He will also hold several meetings, attend a briefing on the Yuma Sector with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and tour Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
Flake’s last visit to Yuma was in April 2015. In that visit he touched on several controversial issues.
Yuma county officials attended the meeting including Sheriff Leon Wilmot, who said he’s looking forward to discuss some of the challenges those that are in law enforcement are currently facing.
Wilmot said, “One of the things that we typically discuss with him is how some of these federal grants impact are operations or the lack of the federal government doing certain things like prosecuting criminals.”
Senator Flake’s first stop was at the Yuma Proving Ground.
Flake said, “What it does to our nation in terms of national securit, you know the testing and training that goes in there, is just invaluable. and there’s no way to replicate and replace this kind of asset anywhere else in the country.”
He also toured the border with Homeland Security to get a first hand look at their efforts to secure the border. When talking about Yuma’s agricultural needs and water issues, Senator Flake mentioned they’ve worked for many years to make sure that Arizona doesn’t get into a crisis mode like California is with their drought situation.
News 11 will talk to Senator Flake Friday. We will have more on his visit in Friday’s newscasts.