Bucks County Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick will arrive at the Texas-Mexican border, today, with a congressional delegation seeking firsthand information on the growing humanitarian crisis at the border.
This trip is one of several made by congressional fact-finding groups and presidential hopefuls in the past year to the Southern border.
In a press release, Fitzpatrick noted the crisis on the border has been politicized to an unacceptable degree, motivating bipartisan efforts. The delegation plans to talk to those dealing with immigration and humanitarian needs on a daily basis, the two-term GOP congressman said.
Both Fitzpatrick and Congressman Josh Harder, a California Democrat, who are members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, are expected to meet with those operating Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities in Hidalgo County, Texas. The trip (and others) are expected to lead to real bipartisan solutions to the humanitarian crisis, according to Fitzpatrick.
Hidalgo County is home to the city of McAllen, on the Rio Grande River, a city with the largest immigration processing center in the U.S.
Last year, Fitzpatrick led a bipartisan delegation to the Southern border to inspect the
Tornilla facility in El Paso County, Texas with representatives of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Service.
In June, both Fitzpatrick and Harder voted to appropriate $4.6 million in emergency
funds toward government agencies dealing with the ongoing migrant crossings and
subsequent humanitarian needs.