Sasse has heard the stories told by Texas authorities and ranchers on counties that run along the southern border between the United States and Mexico. Desperate immigrants attempting to cross the border illegally often make it to America only to be overcome by the elements.
Sasse says ranchers spoke with him and the two other senators from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on a fact-finding trip to the borders.
What he heard shocked him.
“There was one rancher who handed me a file folder of 8×11 photos that just he himself had taken on his property and on the neighboring ranch of bodies over the last 24 months and I’d say there were probably, you know, 15 to 20 images in there from those two ranches,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
A sheriff from a county of 8,000 in Texas told the group he had recovered the remains of 435 people the past five year. Immigrants might make it across the border, but the long trip over arid land leaves many dehydrated, some to the point of death.
Border Patrol agents spoke to the group as well, including agents who worked to help unaccompanied children seeking freedom and citizenship in the United States. Sasse toured a facility which last summer had been packed with the children.
Sasse says he’s in a fact-finding stage now, but knows much is wrong at the border and something must be done.
“But this is a crisis of government in that we don’t have a secure southern border and we don’t have clarity about U.S. policy that doesn’t grant automatic amnesty to folks who get to the border. Washington is not doing its job.”AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]