Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul to tour Valley border

Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul to tour Valley border
Office of Congressman Michael McCaul
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 8:59am

U.S. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul and members of a U.S. House delegation touring the border this week will be available to officially credentialed news media in Mission and Harlingen, TX tomorrow, August 6. The delegation is examining border security in California, Arizona and Texas accompanied by Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, Michael J. Fischer.

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Press Conference and Rio Grande Photo-Op (following tour on Rio Grande)
Congressional Delegation with law enforcement - Participants TBD

  • Location: Anzalduas Park Boat Landing
  • Mission, TX
  • 10:30am Press Staging at Anzalduas Park Boat Landing
  • 10:35am Rio Grande River Tour with Border Patrol, DPS (Photo-Op from Shore Only)
  • 11:25am Rio Grande Tour ends at Boat Landing (Photo-Op)
  • 11:30am Press Conference at Boat Landing (Open Press)

OPERATION PHALANX (Capabilities Demo) – Aerial Detection and Monitoring conducted by the Army National Guard in support of U.S. Customs and
Border Protection.

  • Location: Gulf Aviation
    5001 Bodenhamer Avenue
    Harlingen, TX 78550
  • On Bob Youker St, drive past Bodenhamer Ave and turn left on Woodall Ave, which is the second entrance to Gulf Aviation.
  • 1:15pm Press Setup on airfield outside hangar
  • 1:40pm Helicopters land with delegation (Photo-Op)
  • 1:45pm Capabilities Demo for Members (Open Press, Limited Photography)

*Note: Photos of the inside of aircraft are NOT permitted.
*Site Contact: Marcy Weldin, Texas Army National Guard, 512-413-7851

Border Site Visit Summary: The Congressional border trip is an opportunity for Members to talk with experts on the ground including Border Patrol and Coast Guard, and local citizens about efforts to secure the border. Members will take tours and be briefed on operations in the San Diego, Tucson and the Rio Grande Valley sectors to examine what assets work, and where, in the diverse Southwest terrain, as well as what more must be done to achieve operational control. The Texas Rio Grande Valley has seen a dramatic spike in illegal crossings.

Chairman McCaul: “As the House nears a vote on H.R. 1417, the Border Security Results Act, which demands a national border security strategy, operational control and real accountability, it is important for Members to see the Southwest border terrain and security technology first-hand. As we have witnessed this year, increased enforcement in Arizona has pushed illegal border crossings into Texas. We cannot continue the Administration’s ad hoc approach of patching holes only to see illegal immigration shift instead of stop, and we can’t continue to throw money at the problem without an idea of what is necessary to bridge gaps in security. This trip will demonstrate how much still needs to be accomplished, and what tools can help get us there.”

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