PHOTOS: Rep. Black Joins Site Visit to US – Mexico Border Region
Rep. Black Stands Outside the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector Headquarters in Edinburg, Texas
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), co-author of the SMART Border Act of 2015, joined her colleagues from the House Border Security Caucus on a site visit to the Rio Grande Valley sector of the U.S. – Mexico border region. During the trip, Congressman Black participated in a briefing with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents, attended a separate briefing with the Texas Department of Public Safety, and personally surveyed the border wall in Mission, Texas. The National Border Patrol Council reported last fall that just 40 percent of southern border region is under U.S. control. Black released the following statement after her site visit:
“We’ve warned for some time that our border was not secure and that the Obama Administration’s immigration policies were failing to uphold the rule of law. Now, I have seen the impact of that with my own eyes,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Tennessee may not be a border state, but the inability of President Obama and, frankly, those before him, to combat the crisis of illegal immigration is felt throughout the country, including in states like ours. This site visit with my Border Security Caucus colleagues has reaffirmed my belief that any future immigration reform must take place in a step-by-step process beginning with true enforcement of our existing laws and, at long last, real border security. Congress could start by passing my bill, the SMART Border Act of 2015, which mandates operational control of the U.S-Mexico border territory within one year of enactment and gives border state governors the use of up to 10,000 National Guard troops to get the job done.”
*High Resolution Pictures*:
Picture 1: Rep. Black Outside the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector Headquarters in Edinburg, Texas
Picture 2: Rep. Black Participates in a Briefing with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents, seated between Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX-03) and Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX-21).
Picture 3: Rep. Black at the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall in Mission, Texas
Picture 4: Rep. Black Preparing to Disembark on Tour of Rio Grande River, where caucus members learned about the challenges of securing waterborne areas of the U.S – Mexico border
Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee.