Republican senators tour the border at night

Senator Susan Collins says they could hear voices of cartel members yelling at them from across the river
Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 11:57 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2021 at 7:08 PM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - A group of Republican senators began a survey of the Texas/Mexico border with a night tour along the Rio Grande River near Harlingen.

Some describe it as and absolute crisis and disaster.

Senators were escorted by Border Patrol and Texas Department of Public Safety agents at a busy crossing point.

Agents on boat patrols told the senators they’re openly taunted by smugglers and they claim they caught a first eye example. The tour comes as Republicans accuse the Biden administration of creating incentives for increasing numbers of migrants.

“It’s incredible what we’re seeing tonight,” said Senator Susan Collins. “We can hear the voices of cartel members yelling at us from across the river. We’re standing on the path they use to smuggle in some cases very vulnerable people into this country and in other cases drug dealers. It’s just extraordinary.”

Images of illegal activity apparently within view of senators as they patrol the riverbanks in the Rio Grande valley. 

“Right across the river we heard coyotes, human smugglers, saying, ‘we’re coming.’ That’s what’s happening to our country right now and to the poor victims.”

The visit to valley comes hours after Joe Biden finally made his first public press conference.

“The idea that I am going to say, which I would never do, when an unaccompanied child ends up at the border we’re just going to let them starve to death and stay on the other side,” said President Joe Biden. “No previous admin did that except Trump, I’m not going to do it, i’m not going to do it.”

The president’s stance is not sitting well with his opponents.

“It seems like the guiding principal of the Biden administration is to reverse all of the Trump administration policies,” said Senator John Cornyn. “But the problem is they don’t have any plan to substitute in it’s place. And it seems like listening to President Biden in his press conference that they just want to make the processing of people across Mexico and central American and around the world into the United States more efficient rather than deter people from entering the country illegally.”

President Biden said on Thursday the winter months normally see a seasonal growth in migrants making the journey to the United States.

He said he’s proudly reversing some Trump era policies, including forced family separations.

The Republican senators continue their tour Friday in the Rio Grande valley near Mission, Texas,

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