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Cardin tours U.S.-Mexico border

February 21st, 2017 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) toured the U.S.-Mexico border yesterday, assessing security and counter-narcotics operations as well as the processing of undocumented migrants crossing into the United States.

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security led the Senators in a number of briefings and site visits, which included the international border between Mexico, Texas, and New Mexico – known as Monument One – a migrant processing facility, and one of the vehicle and pedestrian ports of entry between the two countries.

 

“President Trump's proposal for 'building a wall' is completely divorced from the geographic, human, and economic reality on the border. To better combat narcotics trafficking, the United States should prioritize new investments in technology along the border and at our ports of entry, as well as greater intelligence and law enforcement collaboration with our Mexican partners. The President's rhetoric weakens our ability to effectively work with Mexico, and does not make America safer,” Senator Cardin said. “Our trip to the border provided first-hand evidence that the United States needs comprehensive immigration reform now more than ever, and Senate Democrats remain committed to working with our Republican colleagues to advance strong, smart, humane border security measures as part of such an overhaul. I'm grateful to the men and women who work day in and day out to keep this country safe.”

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