UTICA, N.Y. ---- Congresswoman Claudia Tenney joined other GOP lawmakers in visiting our nation's southern border on Thursday. U.S Customs and Border Patrol agents are reporting a record number of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States.
The situation is being called a humanitarian crisis that Tenney wanted to see first hand. Tenney was able to tour the facilities in El Paso, Texas that house the immigrants. Tenney said she was impressed with how well the migrants were being treated.,
"I have to say that I was really impressed with how the customs and border patrol agents were handling the children in terms of the cleanliness of the facility. The kids were not on top of each other, it was very organized and very clean," said Tenney.
Tenney is still calling on the Biden administration to be more transparent in terms of the border crisis. Tenney said the Biden administration has not allowed any media inside of the facilities to view how migrants are being treated. Tenney is also concerned about our nation's border wall.
Shortly after becoming President, Biden ordered production on the wall be stopped immediately. After speaking with border patrol agents that man the front line of this crisis, Tenney said the agents agree the wall does prevent people from crossing in. Tenney said the current holes within the wall present a major problem for border patrol agents.
"Not just the humanitarian crisis, but there is a major uptick in illegal and illicit drugs that are coming across the border, not just in the southern border and northern border," said Tenney.
Tenney said congress needs to work together to solve this issue at the border. She is calling for legislation that provides more funding for border patrol agents, resuming production of the wall, and reforming our immigration laws to ensure people cross into our border the legal way.
"We need to continue to provide a legal solution but we cannot continue to encourage people to break the law, risk their lives, put their children in the hands of human smugglers and drug traffickers in such unsafe and difficult conditions," said Tenney.
Tenney will return from El Paso on Saturday.