One day after hearing from experts during a hearing on Capitol Hill focused on the latest surge of illegal border crossings–Congressman Lamar Smith will take a first-hand look Friday at a stretch of the line separating Texas and Mexico.
The San Antonio Republican’s tour of part of the Border comes on the heels of the grim picture painted for him by the U.S. Border Patrol’s Brandon Judd.
“Today, our largest trouble area is in Texas. Criminal cartels are once again proving adept at understanding and working around our policies” Judd told the House Immigration and Border Subcommittee Thursday. A sentiment echoed by Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw.
“The Governor and the State Legislature has made it clear form a Department of Public Safety standpoint that when it’s (the Border) unsecure, Texas is unsecure, and the nation is unsecure” McCraw said in testimony before the Committee.
For his part, Smith said falling crime rates in several Central American countries show it is really a welcoming policy from the White House that is helping to attract the illegal border crossers north.
“Unfortunately, I think there is a lot of biased media coverage–and you seldom see the media acknowledge the primary motivation is the President’s policies–and the expectation of amnesty when they arrive” Smith said, adding the numbers he’s hearing suggest more people get away than are actually caught.