Sen. Cramer visits southern border

MCALLEN, Tex.- Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, just visited the Mexico – United States border in McAllen, Texas, to observe the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security operations along the southwest border.

“They estimate there are about 400,000 ‘got-aways’, except those are the ones they know about. They actually estimate for every one of those there are about two more. You’re talking about double the population of North Dakota just as ‘got-aways’. If you take the 1.7 million [asylum seekers], and that’s three times the population of our state. That’s what they’re dealing with down there,” said Cramer. “As a midwesterner, as a conservative, as a law-and-order American who puts America first, I hear the policies of the Biden administration and say ‘that doesn’t make sense.’ Until you consider the goals of the Biden Administration. The goals of the Biden Administration are to allow at least two million illegal immigrants into the country every year.”

Cramer’s visit included a nighttime ride-along tour of the Rio Grande Valley with a Border Patrol agent, toured the Donna Processing Facility, a site used for families and unaccompanied minors, heard a briefing on apprehension numbers and the need for Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) resources in the Rio Grande Valley and across the southwest border and toured the Temporary Outdoor Processing Site, an open-air processing facility.

He also participated in a tour and briefing on the border wall with Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David Musser, was briefed on the McAllen Air and Marine Branch by Director of Air and Marine Operations Rafael Cabrera, focusing on the air and maritime operations throughout the Rio Grande Valley, and taken on a helicopter tour for an aerial view of the situation at the border and gain insight on migrant apprehensions.

Cramer also met with the South Texans’ Property Rights Association to discuss the issues local landowners are facing in the southwest border region.

Cramer ended the visit by delivering remarks to the CBP agents stationed at the Rio Grande Valley Sector Headquarters. He stressed the importance and necessity of the work the agents do, as well as his thanks to them for keeping Americans safe.


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