Congressman Henry Cuellar and a U.S. Senator visiting McAllen this week. They’re discussing with U.S. Border Patrol and land owners the tools needed to secure the border.
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D) Montana, “We’ve got a problem here and I don’t think it’s going to go away unless Congress acts. We’ve got to figure out ways to utilize man power and technology when a fence is not something that we can utilize, it’s as simple as that. In the end we need to give the tools we need to appropriate the money in the right places to make sure that this border is secure.”
Congressman Cuellar and the Montana Democrat also visited land owners along the border. Some residents say both a wall and technology are needed to keep U.S. Citizens safe.
“There used to be groups of 60 and 70 going through my fields in the middle of the night. Now I don’t notice it anymore when they put the cameras up. That’s what stopped the traffic because people don’t know if they’re being watched or not.” Said one land owner.
After visiting with multiple land owners along the border, Sen. Tester says he is working towards creating better communication between land owners and CBP officers. “We don’t want to end up in a situation where land owners are locked away from their land because of a potential wall or fence that’s being built.”
Congressman Cuellar says he is currently working towards financially assisting local non-profit organizations and churches who assist undocumented immigrants on a daily basis.
Sen. Tester says in the last spending bill, $30 million were given to CBP to upgrade facilities. He did not receive a clear answer during this visit, as to where that money has been spent.