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On July 19, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan is traveling to McAllen, TX to meet with a congressional delegation from the U.S. Senate on border security issues.
This trip marks the fourth time Acting Secretary McAleenan has toured the border over the past two weeks, and his third trip to McAllen in that time frame. He will be joined by 15 Senators as he highlights the operational challenges faced in the Rio Grande Valley Sector as a result of the overwhelming surge of migrants to the U.S. border. The delegation will have the opportunity to visit the Donna Soft-Sided Processing Facility, a local non-governmental organization, McAllen Border Patrol Station, and the Ursula Central Processing Center.
The tour is part of DHS’s effort to be transparent about the challenges at the border and to demonstrate to Congress and the American people the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis. Although migration numbers across the Southwest border saw a decline in June, the Rio Grande Valley Sector continues to see historic volumes of family units and children crossing the border illegally.