RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul is on a three day trip visiting border cities from Texas to California. On Tuesday he was in the Valley talking about an important bill he has introduced that is aimed at securing our border, Matt Fernandez has the story.
Congress McCaul, out of Austin, serves as the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and was at Anzadula Park in Mission talking about an important bill that is aimed at securing our border.
Congress McCaul stated, "I have introduced a bill that's passed out of my committee that calls for all the stakeholders of the border sheriffs, Border Patrol, Coast Guard to come together and devise a strategy to better secure our border and to get operational control 90 days after Congress will we have a plan submitted where he can view the capability gaps and allocate the resources and where they need to go."
The sheriff's made it clear that more technology and more boots on the ground is key to help along the border as Benny Martinez, Brooks County Deputy Chief stated, "We have illegal immigration coming, we have drugs coming across and we want to reduce that by coming together by having new technology, the helicopter and having more boots on the ground which will help us also."
Just this afternoon McCaul, while on a DPS boat, say first hand the need to secure our border, "We saw a body floating just a few minutes ago on this river and that is the sad fact of this border. We see children being victimized with trafficking and we see bodies floating and that needs to end as well."
Chief Deputy Martinez says the deal with human and drug trafficking on a daily basis, last year 129 bodies were recovered in the county, many of these are undocumented immigrants walking through the brush to avoid border check points.
With only five deputies in his department, he says help is greatly needed, "We need funding to assist us with programs whether is technology equipment might be so we can be proactive in the issues we have."