Upton, Problem Solvers Caucus visit southern border
MCALLEN, TEXAS – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and 16 other members from the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus visited the southern border. The members toured a point of entry, a border patrol station, and a centralized processing center and participated in briefings and discussions with border patrol agents.
Upton issued this statement following the visit:
“Today’s visit to the southern border was incredibly sobering, and the border crisis will only get worse by doing nothing. I have heard from countless folks at home that one of their number one concerns is immigration. They want our border secure, they care about our nation’s security, and they are deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis that is overwhelming our broken immigration system. The Problem Solvers Caucus went down to the southern border today as part of a fact-finding mission. We wanted to see firsthand the challenges our border patrol agents are facing and hear from them directly about what work still needs to be done. The folks I traveled with today have some good suggestions about how we can address the crisis and secure our borders. We are committed to working together on finding a solution that makes up for the failures of the past.”
At the end of June, the U.S. House passed $4.5 billion in emergency funding for the humanitarian crisis on the border after Upton and the Problem Solvers Caucus advocated for House leadership to support it.
The members visited facilities along the border in the Rio Grande Valley.
Upton was joined by U.S. Reps. Smucker, Phillips, Reed, Watkins, Spanberger, Meuser, Lee, Gonzalez, Lipinski, Larsen, Trone, Mitchell, Beyer, McAdams, Schrader, and Slotkin.