Washington, D.C. — Next week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) will lead a bipartisan trip to the Rio Grande Valley and San Diego Sectors of the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday, October 16 through Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to seek information about the security situation at the border and the implementation of our nation’s immigration laws, including the application of enforcement and asylum laws. Members of the House Judiciary Committee traveling to the border will tour federal facilities and meet with those witnessing problems firsthand at the southern border, including officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Chairman Goodlatte released the statement below on next week’s border visit:

“The Trump Administration has reversed many of the Obama Administration’s policies that caused disorder at our nation’s Southwest border and is enforcing the law as written by Congress. As a result of consistent enforcement of the law, illegal border crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border dropped dramatically at the beginning of the Trump Administration. However, illegal border crossings are rising again despite the best efforts of the Trump Administration, demonstrating that Congress needs to close existing legislative loopholes and provide additional, long-needed legislative tools.

“Next week, members traveling to the Rio Grande Valley and San Diego Sectors will meet with federal officials who work every day to secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, and combat human and drug smuggling. We will hear from them regarding the challenges they face to better inform us on how to improve our nation’s immigration laws.”

The members’ visit to the U.S.-Mexico border is closed to press but for updates on the border trip, follow the House Judiciary Committee on Twitter and Facebook.

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