Johnson Leads Congressional Delegation to the Rio Grande Valley

Calls for More Boots on the Ground

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Washington, July 18, 2014 | comments

U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) issued the following statement on his visit to Texas’ southern border in the Rio Grande Valley sector – the primary entry point for the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants coming from Central America and Mexico

“I’ve been to the border many times, but I never expected to witness what I saw today – a real man-made crisis.  It’s truly an outrage and a tragedy what is happening on our southern border. 

 "It is clear as ever that the President’s failure to secure our border and enforce our immigration laws has encouraged this flood of illegal immigrants.  His unlawful actions have left Border Patrol agents overwhelmed, migrant children and families risking life and limb, Texans to fend for themselves, and Americans’ wondering if they’re safe.  What a grave failure of leadership

“I am grateful for the committed men and women who are on the front lines working around the clock to manage the crisis.  As it is the responsibility of the federal government to secure our borders, Washington must do so now and send more border patrol agents to Texas.  I will continue working to ensure Texas has the resources and man power it needs to secure the border.  It can and must be done.

Johnson has previously relayed deep concern on the insufficient number of border patrol agents in a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson where he demanded an explanation as to why the most trafficked area, the Rio Grande Valley, has less agents than areas where illegal crossings are relatively low.

Congressman Johnson led a Congressional Delegation (CODEL), which included Congressman Jeb Hensarling(R-TX), Michael Conaway (R-TX), and Kenny Marchant (R-TX) to the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley.  The CODEL met with Chief Patrol Agent Kevin Oaks, Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Raul Ortiz and other agents on their team at the McAllen Border Patrol Station.  In addition, the visit included a stop at the Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in McAllen followed by a boat and aerial tour of the South Texas border.

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