Sen. Cornyn, Rep. Cuellar visit border amid immigration surge
Two Texas lawmakers went to Laredo on Friday to see the migrant surge first hand.
Before arriving at Laredo to meet with various local leaders and humanitarian organizations, U.S. Senator John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) visited the Carrizo Springs Migrant Child Detention Center.
The center is housing nearly 700 teenage migrants — and every bed is costing taxpayers $800 per day.
“Everybody I’ve heard from today said that this is just the beginning and that things are going to get much, much worse,” Cornyn said.
According to Cuellar, more money should be on the way for organizations and local governments to conduct COVID tests on migrants.
“This bill that we just passed - we just added over $100 million,” Cuellar said. “So it should be available to help with the humanitarian relief.”
In terms of border security, Cuellar said that within the next week people living along the border in southwest Hidalgo County should soon see the return of the aerostat blimp that was recently taken down.
Cornyn said he was worried that if there isn’t bipartisan immigration reform and better messaging from the White House towards those wanting to come to the US, the migrant surges will continue.