GOP Senator Challenges Congress: Put on Your Jeans and Boots, Leave D.C. and Spend Time With Border Patrol
Sen. Steve Daines just returned from a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, and he's challenging his fellow lawmakers to take similar trips to get a first-hand look at the crisis.
Daines (R-Mont.) and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) met with Border Patrol agents in the wee hours of Monday morning and spent the night at the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the southern border.
On "Outnumbered Overtime" Tuesday, Daines said that particular sector -- which is barrier-less and is located just outside McAllen, Texas -- is "ground zero" for illegal immigrant apprehensions and drug trafficking.
"I wish every member of Congress would take off their suits, leave the Beltway, put on their jeans and their hiking boots and spend a night with Border Patrol," Daines said.
He revealed that they witnessed agents engaging in "running pursuits" and apprehending individuals trying to illegally cross into the U.S.
"During the night, they picked up hundreds -- hundreds -- of illegal immigrants that are crossing the border," Daines said.
As for the debate on Capitol Hill over border security funding, Daines said there must be more boots on the ground and better technology, but also a physical barrier.
"It is so porous and so primitive, the border down there. I wish every member of Congress could see it, because we're literally making these men and women try to do their job with one arm tied behind their backs, because we've not allowed them to have a physical barrier," Daines said, arguing that barriers have proven to be extremely effective near Yuma and El Paso.