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Congressman Valadao Visits Southern Border

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Washington, August 7, 2018 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Congressman David G. Valadao concluded a Congressional Delegation visit to the United States - Mexico Southwest Border. Facilitated by the Department of Homeland Security, Congressman Valadao traveled to San Ysidro, San Diego, and Otay Mesa, California.
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Today, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) concluded a Congressional Delegation visit to the United States - Mexico Southwest Border. Facilitated by the Department of Homeland Security, Congressman Valadao, joined by Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA) traveled to San Ysidro, San Diego, and Otay Mesa, California.

The trip, which focused on conditions at U.S. Detention and Processing Centers, border security infrastructure, and potential threats to our southern border, included site visits, briefings, and operational demonstrations.

Congressman David G, Valadao stated, “The situation at our southern border faces several challenges and overcoming these obstacles requires a multi-faceted approach. There are few things more important than ensuring the safety of children, regardless of which country they hail.” He continued, “Federal immigration policy has serious consequences for thousands of families especially those here in the Central Valley. It’s critical for Member of Congress to have real, firsthand knowledge of the conditions at our border and the situations our Border Patrol agents face each and every day.”

The Delegation toured the Otay Mesa Detention Center, observed enforcement operations and seizures at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, participated in meetings regarding potential threats to our Border Infrastructure System (BIS), and received multiple briefings from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) officials on border technology, canine utilization, and inspection procedures.

At the San Ysidro Port of Entry Members witnessed canine utilization demonstrations and were briefed on pedestrian and vehicle inspection procedures, multi-layered enforcement operations and seizures, and Z-PORTAL technology.

In Otay Mesa, California, Members received aerial and ground tours of terrain and border security infrastructure, including the Galvez Tunnel site. Additionally, Members visited and received an operational briefing at the Border Wall Prototype site. Furthermore, Members were given an in-depth briefing on coastal threats and AMOC Intel Briefings, at Air and Marine North Island Naval Air Station.

For more information, please contact Anna Vetter by phone at (202) 225-4695 or by email.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents California’s 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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