Sen. Deb Fischer will be traveling with fellow United States Senators to the southern border to see first-hand the problems that have led to nearly 60,000 Central American minors crossing the border illegally.
Fischer has announced she leaves today on the fact-finding trip.
“I think it’s always important to see a situation first hand and have a chance to interview people who are on the ground,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call.
The group will include both Republicans and Democrats. They will make a stop at the McAllen Border Patrol Station and the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge, the entryway and exit between the United States and Mexico.
A visit to the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where hundreds of children are being held, also is planned.
The visit comes as Congress leaves Washington, D.C. for the annual August recess.
No action has been taken to address the border crisis. A request for $3.7 billion to address the problem, made by President Barack Obama, has yet to be acted on.
Still, Fischer dismisses suggestions Congress doesn’t have a sense of urgency about resolving the illegal crossing of unaccompanied minors from Central America.
“Everyone recognizes that this is a major problem and we need to address it,” according to Fischer. “But the situation that we’re in right now is there’s no consensus on how that’s going to be accomplished.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]