Homeland Security Members Tour Southwest Border: Video Recap

Washington, D.C.  Earlier this year, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Martha McSally (R-AZ) visited the Rio Grande Valley to meet with border security officials and assess evolving national security threats to the United States.

Continuing this congressional emphasis on examining the needs at the southwest border firsthand, a number of lawmakers and Homeland Security Committee Members toured the southern border earlier this month. They examined best practices to secure our land and sea borders, currently deployed technology, and analyzed inter-agency integration to protect our border and our citizens.

Chairman McCaul: “Illegal immigrants, drug cartels, and terrorists are actively attempting to infiltrate our country, so it is vital that we quickly secure our border, enforce immigration laws, and eliminate gaps in security screening.”


Members on the trip included:

Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL)
Rep Will Hurd (R-TX)
Rep Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA)
Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)
Rep Keith Rothfus (R-PA)
Rep Scott Taylor (R-VA)


Related Content

Defeating a Sophisticated and Dangerous ...

Mexican drug cartels are a sophisticated adversary that continue to use advanced and novel tactics to move illicit drugs across the border. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should develop a ...

April 4, 2017

A Dangerous and Sophisticated Adversary: The ...

Congress has appropriated billions of dollars to shore up our border defenses and today we have an impressive array of technology, infrastructure and personnel deployed to keep the nation safe.  ...

February 16, 2017

Moving the Line of Scrimmage: Re-examining the ...

The U.S. Border Patrol’s strategy of Defense-in-Depth cedes crucial time and space to the drug cartels in the rural areas of the border by not apprehending individuals soon after they cross, ...

September 13, 2016