House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) invited Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Kevin YoderKevin YoderGeorgia rep running for leadership spot Five things to watch in the battle for the House The Trail 2016: Wikissues MORE (R-Kan.) to tour his state's border, as well as Arizona's and California's, ahead of anticipated House action on immigration reform after the five-week August recess.
The group traveled to San Diego and Tucson, Ariz., where McCaul maintained the border had been adequately guarded. But that fortification has caused spillover into his home state’s Rio Grande border, he said.
“The net result is with San Diego and Tucson being fortified, we are seeing an increase in crossings right here on the Rio Grande sector,” McCaul said earlier this week.
Yoder said that less than 50 percent of people crossing the border illegally are stopped there.
“We found out in Texas on the Rio Grande really to be kind of a ground zero area where there are thousands of immigrants coming through,” he said.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerNetanyahu: 'No question' about Trump's support for Israel The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt MORE (R-Ohio) said he won’t take up any bill that doesn’t have a majority of support in his party, and Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSenate passes dozens of bills on way out of town Staff shakeup begins at Dem campaign committee The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Nev.) is not optimistic that the House will merge any bill passed with a comprehensive proposal passed in the Senate earlier this year.