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Rep. Torres Small: I seek border fixes, not media attention

1 year 5 months 4 days ago Sunday, February 03 2019 Feb 3, 2019 February 03, 2019 10:18 PM February 03, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Xochitl (ZOH'-cheel) Torres Small of New Mexico says she doesn't mind not getting as much attention as other freshmen in Congress because she has other goals.

The freshman Democratic congresswoman from southern New Mexico told The Associated Press she wants to find solutions to issues along the U.S.-Mexico border and is not "trying to be the loudest."

Since winning a closely watched election, Torres Small has been overshadowed in media by the likes of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Boston. Both have pushed for the federal government to defund U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Torres Small says she's honored to serve among a diverse set of representatives but thinks immigration authorities should have more resources and more oversight.

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