07.26.19

Senator Lankford on the Frontlines of US-Mexico Border

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released a video to show his trip to the US-Mexico border on Sunday. During the video, Lankford outlines the care that Customs and Border Protection is providing, how Mexican cartels are manipulating loopholes in US immigration laws to smuggle people into the country, a ride-a-long with CBP, and solutions needed to address the crisis at the border.

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, Lankford toured the Rio Grande Valley sector of the southern border, near McAllen, TX, with Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), who are also featured in the video. Lankford requested the tour in order to provide oversight of facility conditions and operations and further assess the areas Congress needs to address in our immigration, asylum, and detention laws. During a floor speech on Wednesday, Lankford told the story of a three-year-old migrant boy, who was found along the US-Mexico border after he was abandoned by the cartels, as they were smuggling people over the border, and the only information available about the child when he was apprehended by CBP was a name and an out-of-service phone number written on his shoes. He detailed the care provided by CBP to the child until the Department of Health and Human Services as one example of how CBP has had to shift its mission of border patrol to humanitarian care.

For photos from the visit, click here.

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