Tillis part of bipartisan border visit

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., listens during a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

RALEIGH — Eight U.S. senators traveled this week to the southern border to see the current conditions first-hand. 

North Carolina U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis was joined by Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), John Cornyn (R-TX) Mark Kelly (D-AZ), James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) in trips to El Paso, Texas, and Yuma, Arizona. The eight senators met with Border Patrol agents, local law enforcement, community leaders and nonprofits that accept and care for asylum seekers leaving CBP custody. 

“There is a humanitarian and security crisis raging at the southern border, with historic illegal entries and massive amounts of dangerous drugs being smuggled into our country due to failed policies and enforcement coming from Washington,” said Tillis in a statement. “I look forward to visiting the border again to meet with our brave Border Patrol agents, see what is happening first-hand, and discuss what solutions both parties need to put forward to fix this crisis and make our country safe and secure.”