Congressman Fortenberry Returns from El Paso Sector of Mexican-American Border

Jul 31, 2019
Press Release

(Lincoln, NE) – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) offered the following statement today after returning from the El Paso Sector of the Mexican-American border. 

“The border situation is complex.  You are dealing with lawbreaking, smugglers, and crime––as well as persons in need and children.  Smuggling people is the new cash crop for bad guys,” Fortenberry said.

“I found Border Patrol to be highly professional and dedicated—and overstretched.  This year, 150,000 people have entered illegally through the El Paso Sector; last year, the number was 15,000.  The Border Patrol and ICE were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of people coming from Central America, yet they continue to manage with great care,” Fortenberry added.

“Due to increased Congressional funding and the asylum agreement with Mexico, the situation has greatly stabilized.  It remains to be seen if this is sustainable,” Fortenberry said.

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry is a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations.