The U.S. is still not doing enough to safeguard its border with Mexico, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters Thursday.
“The violence level at the border is incredibly high, and we haven’t kept up with that,” McCain said in a news conference, according to the East Valley Tribune.
McCain had just returned from a tour of the border areas in Douglas, Nogales and Yuma along with Arizona GOP Congressmen Jeff Flake, David Schweikert, Paul Gosar and Ben Quayle. The tour included a meeting with the widow and brother of Robert Krentz, a rancher slain last year near the border.
McCain said he would reintroduce his 10-point border security plan later this year, which would add troops to the border, enhance the ability of the government to prosecute those who illegally cross the border, and construct a security fence.
“After the border is secure and we can assure our citizens of that, we will be fully prepared to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform,” said McCain.