BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Department of Homeland Security’s Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan is at the Texas Mexico border to meet with “local stakeholders, law enforcement personnel and frontline responders working to confront the ongoing humanitarian and security emergency disproportionately impacting families and children as they arrive in record numbers at the U.S. Southwest Border.” according to a DHS media release.
The announcement said, “the Acting Secretary will join U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents for a midnight shift tour of the U.S.-Mexico border – including key crossing points and staging areas central to human smuggling – in order to assess the strategic and operational challenges faced by law enforcement operations in the region.”
Wednesday, in an uncommon stop Acting Secretary McAleenan is set to tour Catholic Charities Respite Center, a familiar checkpoint for migrants and asylum seekers vetted and released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Catholic Charities Director Sister Norma Pimentel, has criticized the Trump administration and elected leaders for skipping the respite center while solely focusing on law enforcement personnel, “I was looking forward to this roundtable discussion, but there was no discussion, unfortunately,” she told The Valley Catholic, the newspaper of the Diocese of Brownsville.
Check back for more details on Acting Secretary McAleenan’s visit to the Rio Grande Valley