House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) invited Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Kevin YoderKevin YoderVulnerable Republicans feel the heat on ObamaCare replacement bill The Hill's Whip List: 36 GOP no votes on ObamaCare repeal plan A guide to the committees: House 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 BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill 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 ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker 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.