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Bipartisan lawmakers touring the southern border causing concern for some migrants

3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago Monday, April 12 2021 Apr 12, 2021 April 12, 2021 9:31 PM April 12, 2021 in News - Local

The bipartisan group, the Problem Solvers Caucus, visited the southern border on Monday.

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-McAllen) led the bipartisan delegation on a tour of ports of entry and processing centers in the Valley. The group met with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Rep. Tom Suozzi (NY-03), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Rep. Young Kim (CA-39), Rep. Conor Lamb (PA-17), Rep. Ed Case (HI-01), Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) and Rep. Dan Meuser (PA-09) joined Congressman Gonzalez on the visit, according to a news release.

But the recent visits by lawmakers are causing some migrants worry.

Norma Aldape crossed into the Valley almost 20 years ago, and she said it saved her life. Aldape is concerned that with politicians getting involved, the focus will be on stopping immigration instead of helping people suffering from violence in other countries.

"My fear is the militarization of the border," Aldape said. "It's deadly for so many, and breaks the idea of this country."

Congressman Gonzalez says he organized the tour to provide in-depth context to the increase in immigration.

Lawmakers from both parties said they're working to solve problems and help figure out the situation they say has been ignored for decades.

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