Congressman sees dead body while on tour of Rio Grande Valley
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 23:51:18 GMT —
For three days, Congressman Michael McCaul has been traveling across the Southwest border.
He stopped in San Diego, Tucson and on Wednesday he shifting his focus to the Rio Grande Valley
"We are seeing an increase in the crosses right here in the Rio Grande sector in fact over the last year I think its increased over 55 percent," McCaul said.
Immigration reform is at the center of the debate. McCaul toured key areas of the Valley to discuss threats along the border. Spokesman for the U.S.Border Patrol Daniel Tirado said in May the Valley surpassed the number of illegal immigrants captured in Arizona.
In 2012, there were more than 97,000 people captured.
In 2013, that number was exceeded to over 120,000 and the number of deaths are over 120 people.
"My colleagues and I saw firsthand the tragedies of this border, McCaul said. The loss of life when we saw a body floating just a few minutes ago on this river.
McCaul said this sector needs more resources than any other along the U.S. Mexico border.
He said he thinks the Valley have a real opportunity with the Border Security Results Act HR 1417 to address the pressing issue and get control of the unsecure border.
McCaul has invited Congressman Kevin Yoder from Kansas and Congressman Leonard Lance from New Jersey to witness first hand security issues and economic issues affecting the Valley.
"We have a phenomenon here where a lot of central Americans are crossing from places like Guatemalans, Hondurans because the Zetas have taken over very hardship stories of families and kids trying to get out of those areas," McCaul said.
Tirado said more than 70 percent of apprehensions, other than Mexicans, are mainly Central Americans.
He said the Rio Grande Valley sector has had over 600 rescues in 2013..
Only nine days left in the legislative session in September, and McCaul hopes the bill will be the first to hit the floor in October.