House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) invited Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Kevin YoderKevin YoderOvernight Cybersecurity: Google ordered to give overseas data to feds | House passes bill requiring warrants for emails House passes bill requiring warrants for email searches Congress must restore 4th Amendment protections for email privacy 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 BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist 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 ReidIf Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out 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.