Rep. Pete GallegoPete P. GallegoVulnerable Texas GOP lawmaker survives rematch 5 races for tech to watch Vulnerable House freshmen passed most bills in decades, analysis finds MORE (D-Texas) on Tuesday invited 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) to visit the U.S.-Mexico border.
In a letter to the Speaker, Gallego said that seeing the border in person would provide a more nuanced understanding of the situation at the border.
Gallego suggested that visiting the border during August, instead of last month during the peak of congressional debate on the issue, would be an ideal time to see it. He noted that fewer child migrants have been crossing the border over the last month, suggesting that the situation may be easing slightly.
"Many members of Congress and others from across the country chose to come during the apex of the crisis. They came to the border for a short trip or photo op and proclaimed themselves experts. This is akin to visiting a hurricane while the storm still rages and distracting or attempting to take command of the first responders already on site," Gallego said.
The Texas Democrat said Boehner could demonstrate his bipartisan credentials by accepting his invitation.
"Throughout your tenure in the House, you have earned a reputation as a legislator who can find common ground in the most difficult of circumstances. I ask you to use that experience to guide the House towards a real and reasonable resolution of the border's current situation," Gallego said.