Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Jody Hice (GA-10), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security, joined a delegation to the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo sectors of the U.S.–Mexico border last week to better understand the ongoing and escalating immigration crisis. Led by U.S. Representative Michael Cloud (TX-27), Congressman Hice met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, National Border Patrol Council leaders, ranchers, and other local representatives. During the trip, Hice toured migrant processing centers and the Driscoll Unaccompanied Minor Facility, participated in routine patrols with U.S. Border Patrol personnel, and received briefings from intelligence officers.
“Touring the southern border and meeting face-to-face with the men and women who patrol our border day in and day out helps cut through the partisan noise and clarify the real issues at hand,” said Congressman Hice. “I saw for myself that we have a genuine national emergency that’s already out of control. Our systems are overwhelmed. Time and time again, I heard from our border patrol agents that we are at – or well beyond – full capacity. They gave us a shocking firsthand look at just how easy it is for cartels to exploit our open border, the large amount of illegal drugs being seized daily, how ‘catch and release’ incentivizes floods of migrants to come here unlawfully, and the effectiveness of physical barriers in preventing illegal immigration.”
“Witnessing their work only further strengthened my view that Congress must move quickly to close asylum loopholes and arm our personnel with the technology, infrastructure, and tools necessary to completely secure the border and prevent illicit drugs, human traffickers, and illegal immigrants from entering our country,” Hice added. “I cannot say enough how incredibly grateful I am for all of the agents and officials who work around the clock to protect the American people, and I am committed to working with my colleagues to come up with the right policies to safeguard our border and fix our broken immigration system.”
“Meeting with border community leaders and visiting immigration centers also reminded me that Americans are kind and compassionate people, welcoming and caring for those in need,” Hice continued. “The border crisis won’t be resolved overnight, but through a thoughtful and calculated approach, we can ensure that the agents on the front lines have the resources they need to boost security and drug interdiction efforts while also addressing the vast humanitarian challenges.”
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