Congressman Valadao visits southern border

Rep. David Valadao visits the southern boarder. (photo provided by Valadao's office)

Rep. David Valadao has returned from the southern border, where he visited a detention center and watched immigration agents in action.

The trip was facilitated by the Department of Homeland Security.

Valadao toured the Otay Mesa Detention Center, observed enforcement operations and seizures at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, meetings regarding potential threats to our Border Infrastructure System, and received multiple briefings from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Securing America's Borders officials on border technology, canine utilization and inspection procedures.

Valadao said he noticed a big challenge was figuring out "who is who" at the border. He said many people come through and lie about their name and age and border patrol agents work to make sure they can identify people. Valadao said when this involves kids, it is important to make sure they know exactly who they are to make sure they are not being trafficked and that they are safe. He said this is a big concern and a problem.

He also noted he was shocked at how "creative people can be in the way people try to move drugs in the country." He said it appears to be a "never ending battle."

“The situation at our southern border faces several challenges and overcoming these obstacles requires a multi-faceted approach," he said. "There are few things more important than ensuring the safety of children, regardless of which country they hail.” He continued, “Federal immigration policy has serious consequences for thousands of families especially those here in the Central Valley. It’s critical for Member of Congress to have real, firsthand knowledge of the conditions at our border and the situations our Border Patrol agents face each and every day.”

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