A bipartisan group of lawmakers are calling for action to address the surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, pushing for Congress to pass legislation to improve its processing capabilities as the country continues to grapple with an influx of illegal immigrants.
Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) joined Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) to tour the Donna Temporary Processing Center, the Health and Human Services’ Delphi Emergency Intake Site and the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge, meeting with local law enforcement officials to discuss what further action needs to be taken.
The lawmakers noted that migrants seeking asylum in the United States often wait months, sometimes years, to have their cases heard by a judge, a policy they feel exasperates the strain on resources at border facilities and potentially encourages illegal immigration.
Several immigrants are escorted off a bus on the Hidalgo International Bridge on June, 2, 2021.AP
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