LINCOLN, NEB. – U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) traveled to the Rio Grande Valley this week as part of a Senate delegation trip to survey the current state of the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Thank you to Senator Cornyn for leading our delegation to see firsthand the dangerous situation at our southern border. What is happening here is nothing short of a national security crisis — devasting communities and turning every corner of our nation into a border state. Until the Biden administration gets a handle on who and what is entering the country, the chaos will only continue. Securing the border means enforcing our current immigrations laws, ending catch-and-release, enacting barriers against sex/drug trafficking, and ensuring the exceptional men and women of our Border Patrol have the resources they need,” said Senator Fischer.

“President Biden’s failure at the southern border has made every state a border state. Young Nebraskans like Taryn Lee Griffith are being killed as unprecedented amounts of fentanyl make their way across the border every day. I want to thank the Customs and Border Patrol and Texas law enforcement officers for their important work on the front lines of this crisis, and Senator Cornyn for his leadership on this issue. We must step up to protect Nebraska and American lives,” said Senator Ricketts.

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At the border, the Senators participated in both night and daytime tours of the border with law enforcement on land and water, visited the Border Patrol’s Ursula Central Processing Center, and met with local law enforcement and landowners to discuss the impact of the Biden administration’s border policies on Texas communities.

The Senators also received briefings from the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and Texas’ new Border Czar to discuss federal and state efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

The delegation trip was led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas). In addition to Sens. Fischer, Ricketts, and Cornyn, U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Katie Britt (R-Ala.) joined the delegation.