Sasse visited Corpus Christi, Hidalgo, and McAllen, Texas this past weekend with Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Ranking Member Tom Carper of Delaware. The three visited with ranchers, sheriffs, and Border Patrol agents.
Sasse, a member of the Homeland Security Committee, heard horror stories from Americans who regularly find the bodies of illegal immigrants overcome by the elements as they try to evade authorities and sneak into the United States.
“I met a sheriff from a county of 8,000 people, he has been sheriff for five years, and he says he’s recovered the remains of 435 people in a county of 8,000 in the last five years,” Sasse tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln, on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Sasse says the visit confirmed what he’s most worried about.
“My biggest fear is the jihadist terrorists around the world who want to come here and detonate ultimately a dirty bomb in a U.S. city,” Sasse says. “They’ve got a bunch of targets that they can go at and we’re not prepared.”
The senators also observed drones patrolling the border, visited the port of entry, toured a Border Patrol station, as well as a centralized processing center that handled a large number of the unaccompanied children who crossed the border last summer. The tour also gave them a feel for the terrain along the border.
Sasse says nothing is being done to stop the flow of people poring over the border illegally.
“Anybody who tells you the border is secure has never been there.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]