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Vice President Mike Pence visits Rio Grande Valley during Texas tour

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Rio Grande Valley on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

All eyes were on the runway as Air Force 2 pulled into McCreery Airport in McAllen on Friday with Vice President, Mike Pence.

Along with his wife, Karen Pence, Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Pence met with law enforcement agencies and U.S. Customs and Border Protection during a round-table discussion with immigration being the topic of conversation.

"We continue to be hopeful that the Congress will come together in a bipartisan way and keep the promise of border security to the American people, keep the promise of the beginning of significant immigration reform,” said Pence. “Even while we bring the compassion of the American people to permanently solve the issue of DACA impacting some 1.8 million Americans who were brought into this country as minors through no fault of their own."

This was also an opportunity for Border Patrol to share their concerns, including an increase in drug seizures and attacks on agents as Chief Patrol Agent, Manuel Padilla, of the Rio Grande Valley Sector explained to Pence about what he was expected to see during his tour along the border.

"First of all what you're going to see today, the lack of personnel, technology and infrastructure and then secondly these loopholes we have that 49 percent of my apprehensions, the non-impactables are never seldom or returned back to their country,” said Padilla.

Following the discussion Pence hopped on a boat for an inside look of the terrains Border Patrol Agents work in and then walked along the border fence on foot.


During the round table discussion Pence said the administration plans to keep its promise of a border wall.

"President Trump remains committed to moving legislation in the congress that keeps our promise; build a wall, but also to invest in both the personnel and the resources necessary to ensure effective border security and effective law enforcement administration at the southern border,” said Pence.

The vice president also assured that he would relay the issues along the border presented to him by law enforcement agencies to President Trump.

Pence wrapped up his Texas visit in Dallas for a GOP fundraising event.








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