Today Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), along with Vice President Mike Pence, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and officials from the Department of Homeland Security, toured the southern border. The group later addressed the crisis at the border during a press conference in McAllen, Texas.

Senator Hawley said, “The state of Missouri does not share a border with Mexico, but in this present crisis we are a border state. We are a border state because of the drugs that are pouring across this border and flooding into the towns and streets and homes of the people of Missouri. We are a border state because of the families, whose lives are destroyed by those drugs, whose lives are destroyed by crime. We are a border state because of the human smuggling that is becoming an epidemic across this border, it is flooding into every state of the union.”

Since taking office in January, Senator Hawley has worked on several pieces immigration legislation, including cosponsoring the RAISE Act, the Accountability for Care of Unaccompanied Alien Children Act, and the PLA Research Visa Exclusion Bill.