Skip to comments.Congressman sees dead body while on tour of Rio Grande Valley
Posted on 08/07/2013 12:46:11 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
For three days, Congressman Michael McCaul has been traveling across the Southwest border.
He stopped in San Diego, Tucson and on Wednesday he shifting his focus to the Rio Grande Valley
"We are seeing an increase in the crosses right here in the Rio Grande sector in fact over the last year I think its increased over 55 percent," McCaul said.
Immigration reform is at the center of the debate. McCaul toured key areas of the Valley to discuss threats along the border.
Spokesman for the U.S.Border Patrol Daniel Tirado said in May the Valley surpassed the number of illegal immigrants captured in Arizona.
In 2012, there were more than 97,000 people captured.
In 2013, that number was exceeded to over 120,000 and the number of deaths are over 120 people.
"My colleagues and I saw firsthand the tragedies of this border, McCaul said. The loss of life when we saw a body floating just a few minutes ago on this river.
McCaul said this sector needs more resources than any other along the U.S. Mexico border.
He said he thinks the Valley have a real opportunity with the Border Security Results Act HR 1417 to address the pressing issue and get control of the unsecure border.
McCaul has invited Congressman Kevin Yoder from Kansas and Congressman Leonard Lance from New Jersey to witness first hand security issues and economic issues affecting the Valley.
"We have a phenomenon here where a lot of central Americans are crossing from places like Guatemalans, Hondurans because the Zetas have taken over very hardship stories of families and kids trying to get out of those areas," McCaul said.
Tirado said more than 70 percent of apprehensions, other than Mexicans, are mainly Central Americans.
He said the Rio Grande Valley sector has had over 600 rescues in 2013..
Only nine days left in the legislative session in September, and McCaul hopes the bill will be the first to hit the floor in October.
Likewise, if you think bodies floating in the Rio Grande are a tragedy, and if you want to stop the senseless deaths, the best thing you can do -- if you care about illegal immigrants and their families -- the best thing you can do, is build a wall that they simply cannot get over.
I have told this before, but a few years ago my husband found a human skull on our hunting lease in south Texas.
No other bones just a skull and it had been there for quite a while. No indication of how the person died, snakebite, a fight, or in weather like we are having now it could easily have been the heat.
he just looks dead.
Skulls are pretty durable, probably the only human bone other than the femur that you can say that about. It could be quite old and may have been unearthed from a shallow grave by erosion. Does it have the mandible (lower jaw) or just the upper part?
They still find the occasional 5 or 6 hundred year old indian bones here in the damp soil of Michigan.
A friend of mine was working in the desert outside of Tucson and came across some families walking. They looked beat, no water, etc. He gave them 5 or 6 gallons of water.
When he reached cell phone service, he called border control with the GPS coordinates of the families.
And with a strong border, I wonder if these people, many that DO work hard and want a better life for their families, would focus their attention on their own government and country.
We saw one occasionally at different points of the river, most are actually cartel disposals.
What is left of a Ford F-250 pickup truck that ran off the road and crashed into trees while carrying more than 20 people near Berclair, South Texas, July 22, 2012. (KZTV)
15 died, including the coyote driver.
The obama regime is encouraging and helping the invasion of the US by millions of unskilled and uneducated criminal aliens for the express purpose of the destruction of the Republic and the Stupid Party is doing...nothing.
What most American do not know. The Mexican leaving Mexico for a better, illegal life in America is of Aborigine descendant or a mix of European and Indian of some sort. You do not see Mexican or other South Americans of European descendant come across the border illegally.
"And on your left you will notice the magnificent Rio Grande, the natural boundary between the United States and the country of Mexico. The Rio Grande has an annual flow of . . . OH MY GAWD!!!"
Where you going to build that wall?
Well, if the visit was recent, I'd say it was. We're in monsoon season here in New Mexico, and the Rio Grande is running deeper than I've seen since I moved here.
Why don’t these members of Congress ever ask, where are Mexico’s, border agents at on their side of the Southwest border ?
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