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Congressman Joyce to visit U.S.-Mexico border

April 13, 2019

U.S. Rep. John Joyce, a Republican member of the House Homeland Security Committee, announced that he will travel to Arizona next week to visit the southern border.

Joyce said that many people in the 13th Congressional District are passionate about border security.

“It is also of prime importance to me due to my position as a member of the House Homeland Security border subcommittee,” he said. “In order for me to serve effectively in my post, I need to understand what is occurring on the ground and what our immigration officials need from Congress to be able to stem the tide of the crisis. The second I heard about this trip, I jumped at the opportunity to attend because I know the tremendous benefit it will provide for me in my committee work going forward.”

Rep. Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona, will lead the delegation. The lawmakers will spend Tuesday through Thursday in the Yuma area meeting with immigration officials and touring areas of interest. During the month of March, 103,000 undocumented immigrants tried to cross the southern border, a 12-year high. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, about 92,000 of the 103,000 migrants were apprehended between ports of entry and roughly 11,000 were deemed inadmissible.

“The people of Somerset County have been clear that they are behind President (Donald) Trump in his mission to secure the border,” Joyce said. “They are pleased that I voted to uphold the president’s emergency declaration to build the wall, and many have reached out expressing encouragement regarding my trip and effort to shine a light on the true nature of this crisis.”

Earlier this week Joyce joined “Fox & Friends First” to advocate for legislative reforms to immigration loopholes that he said are perpetuating the crisis.

“The goal of the trip is to learn directly from those on the ground in the border security effort what they need to be successful,” he said. “It will also be an opportunity to demonstrate to my constituents and to all Americans the need for the legislative reforms the Trump administration is asking for regarding our immigration system, which include ensuring unaccompanied alien children arriving at our border can be returned home and reunited with their families, allowing families to be sheltered together during immigration proceedings and returned home together if needed, and tightening asylum eligibility and raising the credible fear standard so illegal immigrants can no longer abuse the system.”