Mitchell Visits Southern Border
McAllen, Texas – Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement after spending the day visiting the Southern Border with other members of the Problem Solvers Caucus. The facilities the Caucus members visited included points of entry, a border patrol station, a family unit detention facility, an unaccompanied minor care facility, and a centralized processing center. Caucus members also visited the physical U.S.-Mexican border and participated in briefings and discussions with experts on the ground.
“This bipartisan trip has reinforced my view that our systems to deal with both routine immigration and the asylum system are broken, and we must take concrete steps to address the humanitarian crisis and national security risks at our nation’s border. The economic challenges in Central America have created an immense wave of migration that is stretching our resources at the border thin – the McAllen Station alone has hundreds of new migrants arriving every day. U.S. Customs and Border Protection and its contractors are doing the best they can in the midst of this crisis, but illegal border crossings and asylum claims continue to rise.
Congress must act quickly on a comprehensive solution to fix this broken and under resourced system to ensure we have a border that is secure and adequately staffed, an immigration system that is both rational and humane, and programs that support people in their home countries, so they do not have to make the dangerous journey to our border.
I value the experience of viewing this situation first-hand, and the conversations I had with the hardworking men and women who work along the border. I believe my colleagues and I will be able to take the insight and feedback we gained from this trip to craft policy solutions that address the serious national security and humanitarian issues at the border.”