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Palazzo Returns from Southern Border with Three Major Takeaways

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Washington, February 6, 2019 | Colleen Kennedy (202-225-5772) | comments
Washington, DC - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) has returned to DC after a three day tour of the southern border, stopping at ports of entry, inspecting existing wall structures, and meeting with experts from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as local officials in Texas, New Mexico, and California. 

"This was a beneficial fact finding mission to our southern border. Following the conclusion of the trip, I am walking away with three major takeaways. We need to build more barriers to deter illegal border crossings, place more boots on the ground to help execute the department's mission, and implement more technology that will provide additional support for both of the aforementioned points.

"This visit confirmed what we already know to be true - walls work. In the areas that we've implemented a wall system, we've seen dramatic decreases in illegal border crossings. In both Yuma and San Diego, where walls have been built, illegal border crossings have dropped 95 percent, helping our CBP agents to focus their efforts and energy on other parts of their enforcement strategy. Our goal should be to improve the existing barriers, and implement new physical barriers where they are needed. 

"When speaking with our experts from CBP and ICE, there is a clear need for more agents to be placed on the southern border. With additional migrant caravans heading our way, we need more boots on the ground actively monitoring all suspicious activity. I was taken aback by the professionalism and sincere commitment of those already working to secure the border and was so thankful for the opportunity to personally thank them for their unwavering devotion to keeping our citizens and communities safe.

"Lastly, we need to provide more technology to be used along the border. We know that most of the drugs streaming into our country are coming through our ports of entry. It's time that we provide those checkpoints with innovative technology to increase drug and weapon interdictions. Investing in smart, high tech resources will only improve the long-term oversight of who and what are coming through the border.

"I was glad to be part of this important visit to our southern border that underscored the need for more security measures on the southern border. I will continue to advocate for increased border security and ensure that we are doing everything in our power to address the humanitarian and security crisis that we are currently facing."

In his opening remarks at the Homeland Security Conference Committee meeting, Palazzo called for members of the committee to visit the southern border.

Palazzo was joined by House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Kay Granger (TX-12) and Representatives Chuck Fleischmann (TN-3) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28).

You can view and download pictures from the Congressman's visit here.

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