Murkowski Heading to U.S./Mexico Border to Get Questions Answered

Senator Participating in Fact-Finding Tour of Unaccompanied Minors Being Held at the Border

Less than a week after she questioned a number of Cabinet officials about the crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, Senator Lisa Murkowski is joining a number of her Congressional colleagues on a trip to the border to see how the situation is unfolding, how federal authorities are responding, and to discuss what federal options should be considered to address the crisis.

On Friday, Senator Murkowski and a bipartisan group of members of Congress will travel to the border town of McAllen, Texas, joined by the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and visiting with local authorities and volunteers.  She will also visit the border patrol station there, to get updated on operations and challenges.  Later in the day the delegation will get a full situational briefing at Lackland Air Force Base where children are being housed.

“While I remain unconvinced that the administration has a plan on how to resolve this, these thousands of unaccompanied minors are human beings and I want to talk with the authorities on the ground about what they are doing and their thoughts on a possible solution,” said Murkowski.  “I told the Secretary of Health and Human Services last week that we’ve got to do more than ‘hope’ that this problem will get fixed, we need to dig into the details and see what can be done.  I look forward to finding out first-hand the reality there on the U.S./Mexico border.”